In 2018 Baton Rouge was the nation’s fifth deadliest city. 87 people were murdered. That’s 35 per 100,000 people (7x the national average of 5!)
287 incidences of violence in EBRP schools were reported in the 2018-2019 school year, rising from 158 the previous year.
Juvenile gun-related admissions into the EBR Department of Juvenile Services rose from 43 in 2017-2018 to 70 in 2018-2019.
LA has the 3rd highest poverty rate in the nation. In 2018, 18.6% of residents lived below the poverty line (national average = 11.8%).
More than one quarter of Louisiana’s children live in poverty.
70805 and 70802 zip codes have poverty rates and rates of single-parent households that are two-to-three times higher than state and national rates
During 2018, 7,483 children were served through foster care because of child abuse and/or neglect with an average of 4,731 served each month.
Approximately 70% of youth in residential placement had some type of past traumatic experience, with 30% having had frequent experiences and/or injuries from physical and/or sexual abuse.
The catastrophic flood in 2016 damaged or destroyed 90% of homes in the Baton Rouge area. Thousands were left homeless and many housing providers’ facilities were flooded. The price of available housing increased substantially.
In the 2018 HUD Point-In-Time Survey, 3059 people were homeless in LA (2,540 individual adults, 245 individual youth, and 519 people in families.)
We anticipated the flood barrier for our clients, but we could not have predicted the long-term effects.
Baton Rouge is 1 of 3 cities in LA with the most trafficking victims.
In 2019, 543 minor sex trafficking victims (prospective or confirmed) were identified in Louisiana. 106 were ages 12 and under, with the youngest being 2 months old. Some providers did not report data, so the total cases are likely underreported.
Groups vulnerable to human trafficking include youth with foster care involvement, homeless and runaway youth, and youth and adults experiencing housing instability.
Empower youth and families to escape the cycle of poverty and violence by connecting them to supportive services and developing them in these five areas: