The Ascension Parish General Population Shelter has been closed effective 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Since assuming operations of the shelter on Monday, Sept. 12, staff members in the Ascension Parish Government Office of Homeland Security and the Lamar Dixon Expo Center have met with each shelter resident to help provide them with personal assistance.

The American Red Cross continued to support the shelter by providing meals and staff each day. The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security always opens and closes general population shelters within the parish. The transition from the American Red Cross to Ascension Parish Homeland Security was a planned and coordinated event between both organizations.

Many residents remaining in the shelter since Monday were ineligible for federal assistance for various reasons. Parish employees met each day with these families to locate them alternative housing and put them in touch with the proper organizations that could provide them some assistance.

Those who qualified for Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) have been successfully placed in hotels this week. Officials from FEMA and Ascension Parish Government assisted with locating available rooms and driving residents to the hotels.

As of 11 a.m. Friday morning, all shelter residents were successfully placed in rental homes or hotels.

The Disaster Recovery Center remains operational Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The DRC is no longer open on Sundays. We ask those who are still in need of FEMA assistance or to check on their FEMA claims to please visit the DRC located in the Banquet Rooms of Lamar Dixon.

The Ascension Parish Shelter operated for 35 days at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center with the help of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, FEMA, Volunteer Ascension, The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and multiple Parish Staff members. At its height the shelter housed nearly 800 residents.

Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director, Rick Webre, would like to personally thank the American Red Cross for its service, all volunteers that supported operations through time and donations, and all other organizations that assisted with shelter operations and worked tirelessly to find each and every resident of the shelter a safe place to go.