You Hold The Keys.

You can make a difference. Become a member, volunteer, advocate, or simply come to a meeting and find out more about how together, we can end homelessness in Acadiana.


ARCH General Meetings are open to the public and non-members. Attend a meeting anytime to see what ARCH is all about.


eneral Meetings are usually held in Lafayette on the 4th Thursday of  each month.  Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at Acadiana CARES (811 Martin Luther King Jr Dr / Lafayette).

Anyone can attend the meetings. Please let us know if you plan to attend so that appropriate accommodations can be made. Email to RSVP.

2018 Calendar

Join us at 12:00pm for a networking lunch and a brief presentation on the “state of homelessness” in Acadiana.

Jan. 18 *3rd Thursday* – Training for Point in Time will be held at 1-3pm.

Feb. 22 – Slides from Presentation

Mar. 22 – RSVP here

Apr. 26

May 24

Jun. 28

Jul. 19 *3rd Thursday*

Aug. 23

Sep. 27

Oct. 25

Nov. 29  – Annual Meeting *5th Thursday*

Dec – No ARCH meeting

Ways to Get Involved


Click HERE to sign up for ARCH email newsletter to stay up to date on the latest ways to help end homelessness in Acadiana.


Attending one of the monthly General Meetings of ARCH is the easiest way to get started and become familiar with the needs of the Acadiana community.


We have several opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer for specific events like Point-In-Time counts, Homeless Connect Events, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and more.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, follow the ARCH blog, Writing Home, and look for the “volunteer” tags.


ARCH is always seeking advocates to speak out on behalf of those experiencing homelessness in Acadiana. Advocacy through calling or writing elected representatives is a proven method of raising awareness and creating change that affects policy.

For more information on advocacy opportunities, follow the ARCH blog, Writing Home, and look for the “advocate” tags.


If you are interested in donating physical items (in-kind donations), please contact our Executive Director, Leigh Rachal via email at

For more information on in-kind donation opportunities, follow the ARCH blog, Writing Home, and look for the “donate” tags.

Cash donations are accepted via PayPal here.

Benefits of Membership


embers of ARCH receive:


  • One vote per agency or per individual member at ARCH General Meetings (held every other month).
  • The ability to participate in and vote in work groups (veterans, family/youth, chronic homeless, etc) which are held on alternate months.
  • Inclusion in ARCH member directory and ARCH promotional materials (digital and print).
  • Access to one free user license in HMIS client database software (currently ServicePoint) for the purposes of participation in Coordinated Entry. Other member agencies may receive additional user licenses for Coordinate Entry and other client database needs at a discount. HUD CoC and ESG funded agencies receive additional free user licenses.
  • (Eligible agencies only) The ability to apply for HUD CoC funds in the ARCH consolidated application after one year of “membership in good standing”.
  • (Eligible agencies only) A recommendation from ARCH for HUD ESG funds after one year of “membership in good standing”.

ARCH members are part of the solution to homelessness and housing instability in Acadiana. In order to maintain a “membership in good standing,” ARCH members are expected to:

  • Attend at least 75% of meetings.
  • Adhere to standards and policies set by ARCH and as agreed to in the ARCH membership application.

Membership dues are waived for government agencies. Agencies that are receiving HUD CoC funding will pay 1% of the grant as membership dues. 


Membership Dues are waived for individuals who have lived experience of homelessness (past or current) and for individuals who are students (proof of current enrollment is required).

Completed and signed packets, along with the membership dues can be mailed to: ARCH / PO Box 3936 / Lafayette, LA 70502.

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