Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless to Receive Grant from the Aetna Foundation
BATON ROUGE, LA, August 15, 2018 – The Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH) announced today that the Aetna Foundation has donated a $50,000 grant to the CAAH. The grant will support programs including primary medical care and day shelter, a legal program, rental subsidies and job placement.
“CAAH’s Board looks forward to working with Aetna Foundation to provide services to our homeless clients,” said Executive Director Weston Schild. “This partnership is the result of a lot of work done in conjunction with area homeless service providers to significantly decrease the number of homeless citizens in Baton Rouge.”
The check presentation will take place at the CAAH’s Third Annual One Stop Studio Art Show Opening at the Beauregard Gallery on Europe Street. The show will feature art work by homeless and formerly homeless clients created in the One Stop Studio.
“We are committed to working with and supporting local organizations to help address challenges around social determinants of health within our communities,” said Richard Born, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Louisiana. “It is our privilege to help support the CAAH in the important work they do to reduce homelessness by addressing barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing in Baton Rouge.”
About Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless
CAAH – a coalition of service providers – was incorporated in 1998 to coordinate a collaborative effort in addressing homelessness. CAAH members provide Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless individuals, persons with a range of disabilities, and families experiencing homelessness for the first time. Members also offer services including outreach to the homeless, behavioral health referrals, substance abuse treatment, veterans’ services, life skills training, job training/placement, youth shelters, and literacy/GED classes. Since 1996 CAAH agencies have received over $30,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CAAH members have responded to the shortage of affordable housing in Baton Rouge by developing units targeted to the homeless. The alliance and its member agencies have over 150 units either completed or under construction. CAAH’s signature project, the One Stop Homeless Services Center, provides space for over 20 programs that serve homeless clients.