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On New Year's Day, Mayor Jamie Mayo announced that the City of Monroe's 2018 focus is City Employee Community Benevolent Projects.

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The 2018 Martin Luther King "Day of Service" takes place on Monday, January 15. University of Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College will honor the 2018 MLK Day of Service by donating items to the Desiard St. Shelter.

Community members are encouraged to “Take a Day On” this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in the National MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will deliver packaged goods to the Desiard St. Shelter and Renewal Center Monday, January 15.

Shopping for Shelter

Jan 5, 2018
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Family Promise of Ouachita and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon-cutting Tuesday, January 9th for the opening of their newly consolidated thrift shop on 3134 Louisville Avenue.

Family Promise of Ouachita was created in 2009 to aid families who have become homeless. This organization works to provide shelter, food, and classes to help families get back on their feet and into homes.

Living in a Cardboard City

Nov 9, 2017

The Wellspring Alliance of NELA and the NELA Food Bank are teaming up to take a new approach on raising awareness about homelessness. Friday, January 19, the Wellspring will be hosting Cardboard Box City from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at First United Methodist Church Monroe.


Monroe's Salvation Army is set to close. It is the only overnight shelter for the homeless in the area.  The closing is temporary and the organization will be scaled-back and restructured.

The overnight homeless shelter near DeSiard Street will be closed but many social services will continue. Last year the shelter had 12,000 overnight stays. 

Six local employees will lose their jobs in the reorganization. A Salvation Army spokesman says they just don't have enough money to support the current structure of the organization.

Intake Site Sought For Area Homeless

Jan 9, 2015

The plight of the homeless is an issue where some local organizations want to make a difference in the new year.  Continuum of Care Coalition's Sarah Johnson says she's hopeful of developing a centralized intake site in Monroe.

The Ouachita Parish District Attorney's Office has named the West Monroe police officer involved in the shooting death of a homeless man December 4.

Homelessness and The Politics of Space

Nov 23, 2014
University of Colorado

The definition of homelessness has evolved over time.  Addressing the issue and working toward viable solutions is a debate in itself.  University of Colorado's Dr. Chad Kautzer shares research in a presentation on homelessness, security, and space.  Kautzer's visit is part of the Traveling Scholar Series at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.