BJ 13-05

Establishment of the Louisiana Interagency Council on Homelessness through the Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission

WHEREAS,   the State of Louisiana has established programs, such as the Emergency Solutions Grant and Permanent Supportive Housing programs, and the newly awarded Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration program that provide housing and services to help eliminate homelessness; and
WHEREAS,   effectively addressing homelessness requires collaboration among state agencies, local governments, the private sector, and service provider networks to coordinate program development, deliver essential services, and provide housing; and
WHEREAS,   while many state departments and agencies are impacted by and work to address the challenges presented by homelessness, there is currently no formally established centralized organization to coordinate and focus the work of those departments and agencies to ensure that state government is coordinating its efforts effectively with the efforts of the federal government, local governments, the private sector and service provider networks:
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1:  The Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission shall serve as Louisiana’s state interagency council on homelessness.
SECTION 2:  The Commission shall have the following functions and duties regarding homelessness:

A.        Create Louisiana’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness;
B.       Review and update annually Louisiana’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness;
C.        Monitor and oversee implementation of Louisiana’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness;
D.        Serve as a state clearinghouse for information on services, housing and transportation options for the homeless; and
E.         Conduct other activities as may be appropriate and necessary.

SECTION 3:  The Commission shall report to the Governor and the Louisiana Legislature annually.
SECTION 4:  This order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 19th day of March, 2013.

Bobby Jindal

Tom Schedler
Secretary of State