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.

Meetings

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

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eneral Meetings are usually held in Lafayette on the 4th Thursday of “odd” numbered months. Join us at 12:30pm for a networking lunch. Or just come at 1:00pm for the meeting. Meetings are held at Acadiana CARES (809 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 arch@archacadiana.org to RSVP.

TARGET POPULATION WORK GROUPS

Since 2017, ARCH has segmented volunteers into targeted work groups to address issues related to homelessness and housing for three populations groups: Veterans, Families/Youth, and Chronically Homeless Individuals. These groups have been identified by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness as “Target Population” Groups, with a challenge for communities to work together to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring for people within these demographics.

Members may elect to send a representative to one or more Target Population Work Group, however all groups meet at the same time, so one individual can not attend all meetings.

These work groups will usually meet on the 4th Thursdays of “even” months at 1PM. Target Population Work Group meetings are held at Acadiana CARES (809 Martin Luther King Jr Dr / Lafayette).

HMIS DATABASE USER MEETINGS

Anyone currently using the HMIS database is encouraged to attend the monthly meetings for updates and training. Agencies who are HUD mandated to use the HMIS database must send at least one representative to all meetings.

HMIS User Meetings are usually held at 10:30am on the day of the ARCH meetings.

Ways to Get Involved

ATTEND A MEETING 

One of our goals is to be as effective as possible with our volunteers and their time, so we have created specific volunteer groups to address various concerns. Whether you are interested in joining a Veterans’ Work Group, a Family/Youth Work Group, a Chronic Homeless Work Group, or you just want to attend a General Meeting to find out more, meetings are the easiest way to get started and become familiar with the needs of the Acadiana community.

VOLUNTEER

We have several opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer for specific events like Point-In-Time studies, Homeless Connect Events, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and more. We understand that volunteering is a sacrifice of your time and will coordinate your time and resources accordingly.

DONATE

In-kind donations are always welcome, and can be coordinated through our executive director, Leigh Rachal. Email Leigh at arch@archacadiana.org. Cash donations are accepted via PayPal here.

ADVOCATE

ARCH is always seeking volunteers to advocate for 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.

If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing, volunteering, or donating in any capacity, feel free to contact us any time for more information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. We appreciate you taking the time to look into this important work, and we want you to be as informed as possible.

Benefits of Membership

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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.
AGENCY / BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP – $200/YEAR

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

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP – $60/YEAR

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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