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Homeless Veteran care

If you are a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship, unemployment, addiction, depression, or transition from jail, VA Alexandria health care can help you. Contact a homeless services care coordinator to get help.

Housing Resources for Homeless Veterans



National 24/7/365 VA Homeless Hotline


If a Veteran you know is homeless, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, or in crisis, refer him or her to VA.


National 24/7/365 National Crisis Hotline


  • Veterans Crisis Line Call 988 and Press 1
  • Text 988  


VA Hospital Based Resources  Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm


Homeless Outreach engages/connects homeless Veterans to healthcare, needed housing, and other supportive services. For more information:


HCHV Contract Residential Services Program provides short-term housing and supportive services to eligible Veterans who need immediate housing as they work toward permanent housing. For more information:


Grant and Per Diem (GPD) provides transitional housing and treatment to eligible Veterans. For more information:


Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program provides eligible homeless Veterans with a Housing Choice rental voucher and wrap around supportive case management services to assist with obtaining housing stability. For more information:


Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program provides short term case management to address the needs of incarcerated Veterans to prevent a return to homelessness when re-entering into the community. Also provides assistance with referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release For more information:


Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) assists eligible justice-involved Veterans encountered by police, and in jails or courts, with obtaining timely access to VHA mental health, substance use, and homeless services. For more information:



Community Based Resources






Who Can Be Assisted

Hope House

5115 S. MacArthur Drive

Alexandria, LA 71302


handicap accessible


Ron’s House

86 Bolton Ave

Alexandria, LA 71301



Salvation Army

620 Beauregard Street

Alexandria, LA 71301


30 days free then $10 fee



Who Can Be Assisted

Chez Hope






Who Can Be Assisted

Jeff Davis C.A.D.A

PO Box Jennings, LA 70546

337-616-8418 toll free 1-866-2232

Fax: 337-616-8421




Who Can Be Assisted

Hope House (Acadiana Cares)

Confidential Location



Accepts HIV+

St. Joseph  Shelter

425 St. John Street

Lafayette, LA 70501



Outreach Center

PO Box 2747




Daily meals can stay up to 6 months

Faith House



Domestic abuse/Interpersonal violence; assist men with hotel stay and homeless shelter referrals


625 N. University


Intake process, stays vary, service at no cost

Families/minor children

No male over 12

Lake Charles

Who Can Be Assisted

The Potters House

3233 Kirkman Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601


Single women/single parent families w/children

Homeless women w/o chronic MH illness

No males over age 11

The Lord’s Place

126 Kirkman Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601

337-494-6277 or 337-249-3144

Earl Manager: 337-564-1775

Pastor Benoit: 337-249-3144  


Men without chronic MH illness

Accepts Sex Offenders

New Iberia

Who Can Be Assisted

Iberia Homeless Shelter

307 Robertson Street

New Iberia, LA 70560


Intake on phone process

Serve mainly Iberia area



Who Can Be Assisted

The Refinery

704 West South Street

Opelousas, LA 70570

337-948-8865 or 337-948-8849

Handicap accessible


18 and over

No sex offenders


Who Can Be Assisted

City of Refuge

5899 Highway 3112

Vinton, LA 70668


Handicap accessible


Call first for availability

Close at 5pm


Soup Kitchens



Manna House

2655 Lee Street


11:30am-1:15pm lunch provided

7 days a week including holidays

Baptist Mission

312 Main Street



Lunch provided M-W-F 10am until 11:30am

Food box, emergency food, weekday meals, hygiene/clothes distribution



St. Joseph  Diner in Lafayette

425 St. John Street

Lafayette, LA 70501


7 days per week the following meals are provided:

Breakfast 7:00am - 9:00am (public)

Lunch 11:30am - 1:30pm (public)

Dinner (shelter residents)

Lake Charles


Abrahams Tent

2424 Fruge Street


Fax: 337-721-7212

11:30am -12:30pm lunch provided

6 days a week (Monday – Saturday)



Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)  agencies that provide eligible homeless Veterans with time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed childcare providers) if these payments will help Veterans’ families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. For more information:


  • Volunteers of American of Central Louisiana assists Veterans living in Rapides, Vernon, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Rapides, Avoyelles parishes.

3704 Coliseum Dr.

Alexandria, LA

Hours: 8am-5pm Monday - Friday  closed  12p-1p for lunch



  • Volunteers of America of Baton Rouge – 225-387-0061 assists Veterans living in  Acadia, Acadiana, Allen Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, St. Landry, St. Martin parishes.

7389 Florida Blvd.

                                Baton Rouge, LA 70806

                                Hours: 8am-4pm Monday – Friday




  • Volunteers of America of North Louisiana assists Veterans living in Natchitoches, Caldwell and Franklin parishes.

307 Wall St.

                                Shreveport, LA 71101

                                Hours: 8am-4pm Monday – Friday




  • Start Corp. assists Veterans living Natchitoches parish.

Hours:8a-4p Monday - Friday (leave detail message after hours)



Homeless Access Points- locations where homeless persons can present to access community housing/services.

  • Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition access points cover the parishes: Avoyelles, Vernon, Winn, Concordia, Grant, Catahoula, Rapides and LaSalle 


Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition(CLHC)- access point           

1515 Jackson St.

Alexandria, LA  

Hours:  8:30am-4pm Monday - Friday

318-443-0500 ext. 105  


                                Volunteers Of America- access point

                                3704 Coliseum BLVD

Alexandria, LA

                                Hours: 8am-5pm Monday - Friday

318-442-8026 ext. 531


                                Hope House-access point

5115 S. MacArthur Dr.

Alexandria, LA

Hours: 24/7 to take calls. Intakes done 8am- 6pm Tuesday - Friday



  • Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing(ARCH) access points cover the parishes: Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary. 


Catholic Charities of Acadiana- access point

405 St. John St,

Lafayette, LA 70502

Hours: 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday; 9am-12pm Friday



ASSIST Agency-access point

11 N. Parkerson Ave.

Crowley, LA 70526

Hours: 8am-4pm Monday - Friday



ASSIST Agency - access point

407 Charity St   

Abbeville, LA

Hours:  8am-4pm Monday - Friday



Iberia Homeless Shelter-access point

307 Robertson St.

New Iberia La 70560

Hours: 8am-5pm Monday - Friday


St. Mary Community Action Agency-access point

1407 Barrow St.

Franklin, LA 70538

Hours: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Thursday; 8:30-1pm Friday



The Outreach Center-access point

625 N University Ave.

Lafayette, LA 70506

Hours: 8am-5pm Monday - Friday



The Refinery Mission-access point

704 W South St.

Opelousas, LA 70570

Hours: 8am-7pm Monday - Friday



  • Balance of State access points cover the parishes of: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches


Calcasieu Police Jury-access point

                2001 Moeling St.

                Lake Charles, LA

                Hours: 7:30am-5pm Monday - Friday

                337-721-4033 press option 5


Natchitoches Region parish include: Natchitoches

                START Corporation-access point


                Hours: 8a-4pm Monday - Friday (leave detailed message if calling after hours)






Connect with a care coordinator

Desmona Johnson LCSW

Health Care for Homeless Veterans Coordinator

VA Alexandria health care

Phone: 318-466-2773


Care we provide at VA Alexandria

We help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship, unemployment, addiction, depression, or transition from jail. Contact a VA Alexandria homeless services care coordinator to get help with: 

  • Emergency, transitional and permanent housing
  • Job training, life skills development, and education
  • Justice system navigation and community reentry from jail
  • Referrals for financial support to prevent homelessness
  • Referrals for addiction and depression treatment