'One Stop' homeless service center being built in BR

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:42pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) Today, more than 1,500 people in Baton Rouge are homeless, and that number is growing. But there is a new project, getting started right now that could turn it all around.

Community leaders came together today to break ground on a new homeless resource center in Baton Rouge. It's called "One Stop" and will house everything from service agencies to showers, computers to health care and counseling, all in an effort to get people back in their feet and heading in the right direction.

Randy Nichols with the Capitol Area Alliance for Homeless says "One Stop" will fill a need in Baton Rouge that is desperately lacking, and could be the key to finding long term solutions for homelessness. "Yes they will be able to get some food to eat, take a shower," said Nichols, "but someone will talk to them about the housing that they need, the housing that they want and how they will be able to move into it. So it's really about ending the homelessness that people experience."

"One Stop" will be located across from St. Vincent de Paul's main office on Florida Boulevard near downtown. Gulf Coast housing is in charge of the project. They say it will take about 18 months to complete and will cost $8 million. Most of that money came from the sell of state tax credits through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

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