ARCH is a regional coalition covering eight parishes of Louisiana: 

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

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.


History of ARCH

ARCH 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.

ARCH Board of Directors

Leigh Rachal – Executive Director

Renee Menard | President
Scotty Baudoin | Vice President
Darlene Lovas |  Secretary
Stephen Bartley | Treasurer
Blake Douet | Past President
Alton Thornton
Sarah Gilcrease
Paul Broussard
Steven Barnes
Ann Hardy
Corey Jeanlewis

Governance Charter

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