New Orleans Mayor says he wants new city’s homeless to be ‘championed’
A New Orleans mayor said Tuesday he wants to create a program that will make homeless people “more visible to the community and more likely to be treated with compassion.”
Speaking at a press conference at City Hall, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the new city-wide program would be called “Homeless Advocate.”
Landrieur’s office says the city has spent $40 million over the last six years to create homeless services in New Orleans, which have included a pilot program for homeless women in the city’s Central Business District.
Landrieu is the first of several mayors to announce a program this week.
In January, New Orleans was among the first to announce plans to launch a pilot project to help homeless women find employment.
Landrieus said he has been working with the city to create “a network of compassionate and responsive partners,” including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Landry also said his office is working to find ways to increase the number of homeless people in New York City, where he is also a candidate for mayor.
The New York Daily News first reported that LandrieUes planned to launch the program in New Jersey.
Landries office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.