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UPDATE: Acadiana comes through to help the homeless

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 12:19:12-05

Last week, when the record-busting cold blew through Acadiana, the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homeless and Housing (ARCH) reached out to our community for help.

Within a few days, they'd raised $10,000 and we reported that the Stuller Foundation had offered to match donations from then on. And since then, Acadiana stepped in and donated more than $31,000 to help the homeless weather the storm. With the Stuller Foundation's matches, ARCH received almost $63,000.

When Stuller offered their match, ARCH needed about $30,000. ARCH has been stretched to the maximum already because of COVID, followed by two hurricanes. Because of social distancing requirements, the number of shelter beds available for Acadiana neighbors has been drastically reduced. At the same time, job loss and layoffs have increased the number of homeless in our area.

So when the storm came, ARCH already was housing many homeless in area hotels. The need, already exponentially increased over the course of 2020, was even greater.

If you'd like to help, you can contribute to the ARCH Homeless Funding by visiting

And if you can’t make a financial donation, there are other ways to help. ARCH has a great Homeshare Blanket project, blankets which will be put to good use now and throughout the year.

Read more from KATC's Scott Brazda by clicking here.

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