- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two downtown Lafayette shelters for homeless men and male veterans will see renovations next year for the first time since the facilities opened almost three decades ago.

The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1mcHaou ) reports the Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday approved dedicating $650,000 in federal grant funds for renovating the St. Joseph Men’s Shelter and the neighboring St. Michael Center for Veterans.

The shelters will be refloored and repainted, with upgrades set for the facilities’ bathrooms and drainage systems. The parking lot also will be resurfaced.

Catholic Services of Acadiana Executive Director Kim Boudreaux says the grant money should cover most of the project’s costs.

Officials say the funds come from a leftover balance from the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Boudreaux says the facilities have housed 58 men each night since 1983.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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