Smile Family Shelter - Lafayette, LA

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501 St. John Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
: Phone: (337) 234-3272
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Description: SMILE's Housing Services include a comprehensive housing counseling program, which has been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Counseling services include pre-occupancy, mortgage default, rental delinquency, post-occupancy, home improvement and rehabilitation, displacement and relocation, pre-foreclosure sale, reverse mortgage, money management, debt management of liquidation, and referral to community resources with emphasis on first-time homebuyer education.

The Coordinator of Housing Services is a certified housing counselor. She coordinates services in the tri-parish region with the Agency's case managers who also provide housing counseling through their respective Community Action Centers.

Family Transitional Shelters

SMILE's Housing Services also include three Family Transitional Shelters, known as Stepping Stone to the Future 1, 2 and 3. Two shelters are located in Lafayette, and one is located in New Iberia. Each shelter provides safe and secure housing for four homeless families.

Transitional housing is defined as short-term, which means the families live in the shelter from two weeks to two years, a timeline established by HUD.

In addition to providing a positive living environment, the program also provide supportive services for the homeless families to help them to achieve more self-sufficiency. These services include life skills, mental health and budget counseling, child care, transportation and youth activities.

The goal of the shelter is to move families into permanent housing. The Agency networks with local housing authorities and other groups to ensure that permanency becomes a reality.

The Coordinator of Housing Services also supervises the shelter coordinators.

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