LCG’s Response to Shelter ‘Misinformation’

Lafayette Consolidated Government says an email circulating on social media and various media outlets, and the consequential reporting of the email is misleading.

 
 

According to a press release, LCG says the accusations “inferring that Lafayette will not support our neighboring communities are categorically false and inappropriate.”  The release says state GOHSEP officials suggested congregate sheltering was not advised due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  LCG CAO Cydra Wingerter stated she was concerned about ongoing protests in the city. According to the release, local pastors were also hesitant to open shelters because of the situation.

 
 

LCG says it will continue to support recovery efforts and hundreds of families are being housed in parish hotels.

 
 

From Lafayette Consolidated Government:

 
 

RESPONSE TO MISINFORMATION ABOUT SHELTERS

 
 

(LAFAYETTE, La.) – There have been numerous misleading reports circulating on social media and various media outlets surrounding an email between LCG Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Cydra Wingerter and local non-profit organizations.

 
 

Accusations made based on the email inferring that Lafayette will not support our neighboring communities are categorically false and inappropriate.

 
 

State GOHSEP officials made it clear that congregate sheltering was not advised due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday, August 38, 2020, Wingerter and Chief of Minority Affairs Carlos Harvin engaged with members of the non-profit and church communities to explore options for sheltering in Lafayette if the state were to request our assistance. After the events around the city this past weekend, Wingerter requested local pastors “pause” efforts to establish shelters.

 
 

“I personally witnessed pedestrians walking in and along Johnston Street carrying semi-automatic weapons and wearing bullet-proof vests. I was concerned. Many people were concerned,” Wingerter said.

 
 
Pastors responded to Wingerter to inform her they were aware of the situation and hesitant to open a shelter because of the unrest and uncertainty.

 
 

Lafayette has been providing support to our neighboring parishes since before Hurricane Laura made landfall and will continue to support recovery efforts in any and all ways possible. Hundreds of families are currently being housed in parish hotels and as more rooms become available, we are working with the state to ensure all evacuees are properly served and cared for.

 
 

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