The mission of the Human Services Department is to offer an array of services through its various offices, initiatives, and collaborative networks in accordance with community needs. To achieve this mission, the Human Services Department is organized into one administrative unit, four programmatic areas, and the Calcasieu Parish Public Transit System.
The purpose of the Administrative and Fiscal Services unit is to centrally locate all administrative functions for the Human Services Department, including, but not limited to, accounting services, accounts payable, payroll, and purchasing. This unit is charged with ensuring the integrity, accountability, and efficiency of the Department's fiscal resources and communicating accurate and timely financial information to help support the data-driven decisions of the Human Services Management Team.
The purpose of the Community Health Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships area is centrally coordinated programs designed to take a prevention-driven approach to health, supporting policies and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and active living. The program area also supports community and economic development efforts, environmental sustainability, and neighborhood safety, which are key factors in promoting healthy communities, by participating in neighborhood, school, and workplace events. This program area includes (1) the Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps; (2) the Family Day Care Home Food Program; (3) Food for Seniors; (4) the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); and (5) TRIAD.
The purpose of the Community Services and Economic Support Programs area is to centrally coordinate all programs designed to provide economic empowerment, support, and stability to individuals and families that are based upon income eligibility criteria and involve basic human services such as food, shelter, clothing, and/or utility assistance. This program area includes (1) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Activities; (2) the Contract Postal Unit; (3) the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP); and (4) the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (ET).
The purpose of the Housing and Community Development Programs area is to address the housing needs of Calcasieu Parish including those of the homeless. This program area includes (1) the Coordinated Entry Program in partnership with the Louisiana Balance of State; (2) the Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing Program; (3) the Emergency Solutions Grant Program; (4) the Housing Counseling Agency; (5) the Assets for Independence Program (AFI); and (6) the Housing Choice Voucher Program (better known as the Section 8 Housing Program).
The purpose of the Workforce Development and Employment Services area is to coordinate workforce development activities for the Parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vernon. Additionally, this programmatic area is charged with coordinating programs designed to move individuals and families from public assistance to some form of self-sufficiency. These activities are primarily coordinated through the Calcasieu Consortium Workforce Development Board and the American Job Center which are two independent departments under the Human Services Department.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Transit System is a curb-to-curb demand response transit service. The service available to the elderly, disabled, medical service recipients, low-income individuals seeking transportation to employment, and the general public who lack access to private transportation.
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