Frequently Asked Questions

What are the leading causes of homelessness?

The leading causes of homelessness are lack of an education, an illness or health condition that limits a person to perform basic tasks, poverty, domestic violence, divorce, addictions, lack of access to jobs that pay a living wage and the inability to afford the basic necessities of life- food, clothing and shelter.

How long can a family live in the shelter?

The goal is to get families rapidly housed. Ideally, we work to eradicate those barriers that lead to homelessness. If an apartment unit is available, families are immediately placed. Because of limited resources, some families may remain in the emergency shelter until permanent housing is available.

Are men permitted to live in the shelter?

Yes, single men with children are permitted to live in the shelter.

Is there a waiting list to enter the shelter?

Providence House receives several calls per month from people looking for shelter. While we do not have a waiting list, our shelter accommodates up to 27 families (80 people maximum).

What are the options after the shelter?

The goal is to rapidly re-house all homeless families immediately. Project Next Step is the piece of our programmatic pie that provides permanent, supportive housing through funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the city of Shreveport and the city of Bossier City.  Currently, Providence House manages 40 apartment sites throughout Shreveport and Bossier.

Is the shelter safe for families?

Providence House is a safe place for families. Residents can enter the building via card access only.  All doors are secured, the entire campus is equipped with security cameras and we encourage our families to be aware of their surroundings.  Because of the great relationship with local law enforcement, the area surrounding Providence House is closely monitored and patrolled.