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Update: Homeless shelter money approved

POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 7:23pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 7:54pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 UPDATE - The grant for the homeless shelter has been approved.


"I was really lost. I was lost until I found St. Vincent De Paul," says Larry Smith. Just a few years ago Larry Smith was homeless and didn't know what to do, 'It was like a really depressing time in my life where I really didn't have nothing. I didn't know where my next meal was coming from," says Smith.

That's until he walked through the doors of St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter, "This was a dramatic turnaround for me. i was able to rest my head, to get all of my thoughts in order. I was able to talk to other people to try and guide me in a direction where I was better able to better myself," says Smith.

Now pending the approval of the Metro Council up yt 62 more people daily could make the same turnaround Larry did. That's because the nonprofit organization is expected to receive approval on a $525,000 grant tonight that would turn the second floor of the facility into a men's shelter. "We're really excited about being able to put a homeless shelter for single homeless men in the facility. Responding to the needs of the community and making a difference in the lives for people affected by a disaster and the plans are right here," says St. Vincent de Paul C.E.O. Michael Acaldo.

Larry Smith knows the shelter made a difference in his life. He now is off the streets and has a stable job. He knows that the sooner this new shelter gets built the better, "I can speak for one that was once a homeless person out of it. I know for a fact that this is going to be a great thing for not just St. Vincent de Paul, not just for the area, but for the city of Baton Rouge," says Smith.

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