ARCH is a regional coalition covering eight parishes of Louisiana: 

Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion.

History

ARCH’s mission is to ensure that everyone in Acadiana has access to safe, affordable, stable housing and that all episodes of homelessness are rare, brief, and non-recurring.

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RCH meetings were held as far back as the late 1980s. ARCH began meeting on a regular basis in 1995 and submitted its first consolidated application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1997 for Homeless Assistance. At that time, the priority areas included transitional housing and supportive services. Over time, ARCH’s priorities have slowly evolved and current priorities are centered on permanent housing, data collection and management, and quality assurance.

History of Continuum of Care

Priority Home, The Federal Plan to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, issued in March, 1994, fostered the concept of a comprehensive system of services and housing options, called a “continuum of care,” to help homeless individuals and families in local communities reach independence. This system and philosophy strives to fulfill these requirements with three fundamental components: emergency shelter, transitional housing with social services, and permanent housing.

History of Homeless Management Information System

In the late 90’s, ARCH applied for and received funding to implement a homeless management information system (HMIS) which would connect all of the homeless providers in this region so that client information and  referrals could be exchanged electronically. ARCH decided to use ServicePoint™ created by Bowman Systems and the system went live in December 2000. Since this time, HUD has mandated HMIS usage for all homeless programs except Domestic Violence programs. In Louisiana, all Continuum of Cares utilize ServicePoint™ software.

Acadiana Community Stakeholders for the Homelessness Continuum of Care

15th JDC
232-HELP/LA 211

Abbeville United Methodist Churc
Acadiana Area Human Services District
Acadiana C.A.R.E.S.
ASSIST Agency
Catholic Charities of Acadiana
Chez Hope
Downtown Development Authority – Lafayette
The Extra Mile Region IV
Faith House
Families Helping Families of Acadiana
Family Promise of Acadiana
Food Net Food Bank
Genesis
Grace Place Living
Hospice of Acadiana
The HUB
Iberia Homeless Shelter
Indivisible Acadiana
JCFA – Lafayette Charter
Lady Dems of Acadiana
Lafayette Consolidated Government
Lafayette Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity
Lafayette Housing Authority
Lafayette Parish School System – Homeless Education Department
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church
Louisiana Department of Health
– Office of Public Health
– Adult Protective Services
– Nurse Family Partnership
Louisiana Healthcare Connections
Louisiana Workforce Commission
MediTrans
New Start Center
The Outreach Center
Salvation Army
SMILE Community Action Agency
St. Bernadette Clinic
St. Mary Catholic Church
St. Mary Community Action Agency
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Abbeville
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette
United Way of Iberia
Vees Sitter Services
Veteran Administration – Alexandria Medical Center
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge – Acadiana

ARCH Board of Directors

Leigh Rachal – Executive Director
arch@archacadiana.org

Blake Douet | President
Darlene Lovas |  Secretary
Paul Broussard | Treasurer
Johnny Carriere
Renee Menard
Stephen Bartley
Steven Barnes
Patrick Williams
Andrew Zegura
Alton Thornton

Governance Charter

Click here to download the most recent version of our Governance Charter.