Four short months ago, CenterPoint Energy Foundation granted $125,000 for rental and mortgage assistance to Providence House and The Salvation Army of NWLA. Funding from this substantial grant served all of Northwest Louisiana. Providence House has long been able to serve renters with assistance and was thrilled to have been able to help homeowners in the entire region. Read the full Impact Report below.
$62,500 DISTRIBUTED IN RENTAL AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE
Providence House has appropriately dispersed $62,500 to struggling renters and homeowners in the Northwest Louisiana region, thanks to a generous grant from CenterPoint Energy Foundation. CenterPoint Energy has been committed to supporting various organizations with proven track records in rental and mortgage assistance. All funds were disbursed to qualifying recipients from September through December 2022.
RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS ASSISTED IN CADDO AND BOSSIER
Providence House collaborated with CenterPoint Energy to provide rental assistance to 42 renters and six homeowners. Verni Howard, Providence House Executive Director, expressed that the organization has been able to service many renters with rental assistance in Caddo and Bossier Parishes with other viable grants. However, the CenterPoint Energy funding stream for the first time ever allowed Providence House to assist local homeowners.
48 HOUSEHOLDS AND 127 PEOPLE SERVED
Throughout the Caddo and Bossier Parishes, Providence House graciously served 48 families totaling 127 people in several income brackets. Statistics collected show 44% assisted in the 0-30% income bracket, 40% in the 31%-50% income bracket, and 16% in the 51-80% income bracket.
Eric Barkley, District Director of CenterPoint Energy in Shreveport, states, “We seek to improve the areas we serve by supporting programs that strengthen relationships, improve quality of life, and promote inclusion to help communities thrive.” Grateful Louisiana citizens were prevented from becoming homeless through this rental and mortgage assistance program. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation made a great impact in the diligent fight against the homelessness cycle.
Providence House mission statement, “Breaking the Homeless Cycle one Family at a Time” has been modeled with substantial aid from homelessness grant funding programs such as: the Federal Emergency Solution Grants, the State Emergency Service Grants, the Caddo Community Cares Grant, and the Caddo Parish Relocation Grant. In 2022, these grants prevented a total of 142 local families from entering the homelessness cycle.
Providence House is grateful to have been selected to serve in this process. This funding stream changed lives and helped us in our mission to break the homeless cycle one family at a time.