Ascension Parish rental assistance programs.

When facing eviction, tenants with a source of income can apply for emergency rental assistance. Ascension Parish churches, charities including the Salvation Army, and social service agencies may offer either grants or loans to help with rent, and the homeless may be placed into shelters as well.

Many of the housing programs are paid for using Emergency Solution Grants (ESG), which is a federal government funded program. It can pay for:

-Security deposits, storage costs, or moving expenses.
-Back rent or first month payments.
-Mortgages and utilities.
-Other housing costs too; not just rent.
-Legal aid needed to fight the eviction, including referrals to pro-bono law firms.
-If none of the resources below can support then, then find other programs that help pay rent..

Any funds for paying rent in Ascension Parish are combined with case management services. All applicants need to agree to this. It involves everything from budgeting to saving, employment and more. Families need to develop, and prove, the ability to pay future bills and rental expenses on their own. As financial aid is for emergencies only.

Salvation Army
Location of the Christian church is 218 E. Bayou Narcisse
Gonzales, Louisiana 70737
Call (225) 644-2807
Eligible families can receive funds for paying rent, food, clothing, used furniture and referrals. Assistance, whether money or case management for housing/rental needs, is available across Ascension Parish.

HUD Section 8 rent vouchers
The two regional agencies include Ascension Parish (305 Chetimatches St., Donaldsonville Louisiana, dial (225) 344-7187) as well as City of Plaquemine Housing (address is 23460 Railroad Ave, Plaquemine, LA 70764, phone (225) 687-1942). Both are PHA (public housing authorities). They administer the tenant-based voucher program, which pays a portion of rent for income based housing.





Quad Area Community Action Agency
Main address is 717 E Ascension St.
Gonzales, LA 70737
(225) 644-8532
The regional non-profit community action agency. Services include cash grants, information on cash assistance, rent programs, LIHEAP, and more. They work to end homelessness and help people exist poverty.

Fellowship Center
Main address is 813 S Burnside Ave
Gonzales, Louisiana 70737
(225) 644-4342
Low income families can get transportation, clothing/furniture for an apartment and referrals. This may be referrals to low income housing or rental assistance programs.

Ascension Family Crisis Shelter
Address is confidential
Gonzales, Louisiana 70737
(225) 644-8532
Both one child and childless adults can get help. Shelter is for the homeless, there are support groups, and other services.

Volunteers of America
(225) 387-0061
They help families, veterans, and individuals find safe as well as affordable housing. Overnight shelter, possible motel vouchers, and other support is given to veterans, the disabled, poor, and seniors.

St John Ministry Of Care
217 West 5th Street
LaPlace, Louisiana 70068
Main phone (985) 652-2729
Basic needs and financial aid (rent, energy bills) etc. may be provided. Single moms, families with children, and tenants facing eviction often qualify for rent and/or utility help.



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