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Despite Directors Stepping Down, The New Orleans Mission Will Remain Open


by Shay Sokol

Ron and Linda Gonzales stepped down as the directors of the New Orleans Mission on Thursday, days after they announced funds are too tight and the Mission will have to close for the summer. But a day later, officials stepped in to keep the homeless shelter at 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. open. At a press conference held at the Mayor’s office this morning, Bennett Powell, Chairman of the Mission, announced a new director, a grant, and an anonymous, private donation, that will enable the Mission to remain open through the summer while expanding its hours to 24 hours a day.


Plan to End NOLA Homelessness Unveiled


Putting an end to homelessness in New Orleans is the goal of a new plan authored by members of city government, community and nonprofit organizations and busineess leaders. The 40-page road map calls for all veterans to be housed within five years, and all other members of the city's "most vulnerable population," to be off the streets within ten years Today, the "most vulnerable population" includes about 5,500 people. To reach the ambitious goal, the city is employing strategies that involve putting people into housing first, and rebuilding part of the old VA Medical Center in the CBD, among other items.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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