CLHC began as a group of volunteers who wanted to streamline the homelessness services in Central Louisiana and seek federal funding for homelessness programs. In 1993, the Coalition obtained its 501(c)3 nonprofit status and began operating under the umbrella of Shepherd Ministries/Hope House. In 2006, the Coalition became its own entity with a Board of Directors and an Executive Director. Since this time, the Coalition has grown tremendously, to include supportive housing programs, street outreach, supportive services, region wide management of the homelessness services database, and the opening of a resource drop-in center for the homeless. The Coalition also acts as the Lead Applicant of the community’s homelessness Continuum of Care, bringing nonprofit service providers, local law enforcement agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals who share the mission of ending homelessness in Central Louisiana together.