501 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact InformationPhone 337-365-4772
Service InformationServices Emergency Shelter, Housing - Homeless Shelter
Parishes Served Iberia
Eligibility Single Parent Families, Two Parent Families must be married with valid Marriage Licenses, Housing: Emergency Shelter
SMILE's Housing Services also include three Family Transitional Shelters, known as Stepping Stone to the Future 1, 2 and 3. Two shelters are located in Lafayette, and one is located in New Iberia. Each shelter provides safe and secure housing for four homeless families. Transitional housing is defined as short-term, which means the families live in the shelter from two weeks to two years, a timeline established by HUD. In addition to providing a positive living environment, the program also provide supportive services for the homeless families to help them to achieve more self-sufficiency. These services include life skills, mental health and budget counseling, child care, transportation and youth activities. The goal of the shelter is to move families into permanent housing. The Agency networks with local housing authorities and other groups to ensure that permanency becomes a reality.