Mercy Center is a 24-hour permanent supportive housing program for previously homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Mercy Center is located in the historical Ledbetter Heights neighborhood. The specific mission of this program is to provide permanent, safe, and nurturing housing in which previously 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.
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, The Philadelphia Center took over management of Mercy Center. In 2011, The Bryan House, a four-room apartment style home was added to provide an independent-living component to the program. Mercy Center houses up to 10 men and women living with HIV/AIDS.
Mercy Center staff consists of Latoya White, Program Director; Robin Fedrick, Resident Coordinator; and four Resident Assistants. For further information, please contact Latoya White at (318) 222-6633 ext. 2210.