(318) 222-6633 ext. 2210
The Mercy Center is a 24-hour permanent supportive housing program for formerly homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Mercy Center is located at 740, 742, and 752 Austen Place, which is part of the historical Ledbetter Heights neighborhood. Mercy Center properties were originally built in the late 1800s. The specific mission of the Mercy Center program is to provide permanent, safe, and nurturing housing in which homeless persons with HIV/AIDS can live as productive and active lives as possible. The Mercy Center is the only residential facility of its kind north of Interstate 10 in Louisiana.
The Mercy Center was founded in September of 1989 by the now dissolved Northwest Louisiana AIDS Task Force. In 1993, under the management of Christus Schumpert Medical Center, Mercy Center was updated and expanded to serve fourteen individuals utilizing single occupancy rooms. In January 2001, Philadelphia Center took over management of Mercy Center. In 2011, Mercy Center opened The Bryan House which is a four-room apartment style town home. As of 2015, Mercy Center serves 19 men and women.
The Mercy Center staff consists of Latoya White, Program Director; Robin Fedrick, Resident Coordinator; and five Resident Assistants. For further information, please contact Latoya White at (318) 222-6633 ext. 2210.