One of the local non-profit agencies that offers the widest range of assistance programs is Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The organization can be reached at 225-336-8700.
The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is another non-profit agency to turn to for assistance with bills and information on how to get help. They offer the following services. For assistance or more information please call them at (225) 355-4483.
West Baton Rouge Helping Hand (225-346-1008) offers job counseling, referrals, job placement, and emergency financial assistance. The agency also works closely with organizations such as United Way to distribute funds and grants to the needy. The focus is on emergency assistance as well as helping a Baton Rogue family obtain a job. More on West Baton Rouge Helping Hand assistance programs.
The East Baton Rouge Parish does not have a community action agency, but the Baton Rouge Office of Social Services is the next closest thing. The office can be reached at (225) 358-4561. The assistance programs and services they offer include CSBG Emergency Assistance – Funds for Rent, Utilities and Medicine; The Commodity Food Program and Emergency Food Pantry and the federal grant resource known as FEMA - Emergency Rental / Mortgage Assistance Program.
Staff from the social service office can also assist with Income Tax Service and Preparation and give referrals to HOPWA – Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. There is also the Federal Government Funded LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for utility bills the Project Care – which is Emergency Utility Assistance for the Elderly & Disabled.
This organization is also the Baton Rouge equivalent non-profit community action agency. A focus is on homeless prevention. So in addition to the resources above, the agency may also have assistance for paying back rent, security deposits on a new home, and coordinate eviction counseling with landlords. Other programs are run from the office too, and get more details on Baton Rouge Office of Social Services.
East Baton Rouge Council On Aging is located at 5790 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge LA, 70806. Programs are for seniors in the region. Specifically, they include Congregate Meals (Anyone age 60+), Food Vouchers for purchase from Farmers Markets, Personal Care Attendant Services, Home Delivered Meals (Disabled, home-bound seniors age 60+), and Utility Service Payment Assistance. Call 225-923-8000
Chaneyville Community Center runs an extensive number of assistance programs for Zachary Louisiana families. A listing of the resources are below.
The center is located at 13211 Jackson Rd, Zachary Louisiana.
Delmont Service Center. Phone number is 225-357-5013. The center is located at 3535 Riley St., Baton Rouge Louisiana, 70805. People with an eviction notice or disconnection may qualify for emergency rent or utility assistance. Other resources that may be provided to the needy include medications, food and groceries, and the Headstart Program for 3-4 yr olds.
Look into assistance through East Baton Rouge Office of Social Services, which is located within Dr. Leo Butler Community Center at 950 E Washington St. Or call 225-389-4814. They offer many government and public assistance programs, such as LIHEAP and homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. Surplus government food items may be offered as well to those who need help feeding their families. Or apply for food stamps or WIC here. Learn more on public assistance in Louisiana.
St. Vincent De Paul Society charity aid is offered at Our Lady of Mercy. This charity program helps people of all races, religion, and backgrounds. It is one the country’s largest charity organizations and millions of people across the nation turn to them from time to time. Emergency financial assistance or cash grants can be offered for expenses such as rent or utilities. Also get vouchers that can be used to pay for gasoline or food. 445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge Louisiana, 70806, main # 225-928-7612, or more St. Vincent Baton Rouge.
Churches in East Baton Rogue Parish help the very low income, unemployed, and those faced with a crisis. Programs include Bus Passes for the city bus system, Utility and Electric Bill assistance, funds for paying rent, prescription expense assistance, which will be for new, and generic prescriptions only. While a church may help, each parish has different funding levels and application processes.
Financial assistance is only provided for a part of a bill, so a client will need to show evidence of a money order with the client’s ability to pay the balance of that bill or expense. Some faith based groups only offer material support, and this may be food, hot meals, or clothes. There are numerous locations to try, and find East Baton Rogue church assistance programs.
Options Foundation can help with housing needs for the homeless and mentally ill adults. If you do meet qualifications, including are mentally challenged, then funds can be issued for paying rent or deposits. 8540 Quarters Lake Rd., Baton Rouge LA, 70809. Dial 225-388-5045.
Baton Rouge Parish eviction, rehousing, and legal aid - All of this can stop homelessness. There is financial help for families with a pay or quit notice or rehousing/shelter for homeless clients. The programs combine grants along with gently used furniture for a new home, utility and water deposit help, money for rent, and more. Continue with Baton Rouge homeless prevention and rehousing help.
Families on the verge of losing their home or apartment have additional places to turn too. There are charities in the Parish (as well as national resources) that focus ending homelessness in Louisiana. Various forms of assistance is available from these programs that stop evictions.
Community Service Centers - There are several of these around the Baton Rogue Parish region. A number of social services and emergency assistance programs are administered by the centers.
There are several community centers around Baton Rouge Louisiana. They include the following.
Volunteers of America in Greater Baton Rouge will mainly focus on homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. Secondary services include day care (such as Partnerships in Child Care) as well as support for the disabled. The non-profit operates shelters, runs transitional housing, and can help place homeless veterans and women/children. They may also have referrals to rental assistance programs, including section 8 housing vouchers. Read Volunteers of America Baton Rouge assistance programs.
Free meals and gifts are available during the holidays. East Baton Rogue Parish charities provide assistance. The programs can offer children free Christmas toys or clothing items. Seniors and the homebound (and anyone that needs one) can also be given free Thanksgiving or Christmas themed food or meals. Assistance is wide ranging, and more East Baton Rouge Parish free holiday assistance.
Public and Social Services of Baton Rouge Parish has several offices around the Parish and city. Assistance may be provided for rent or utilities. Meals may be served as well, especially around Christmas and Thanksgiving. Additional programs include Income Tax Preparation; Information and Referral; LIHEAP Emergency Support; GEDs; Emergency Clothing Distribution; Health Programs; FEMA Rent/Mortgage Payments; Food Pantries; and USDA Surplus Commodity Groceries.
Emergency help with paying rent - A number of services are offered in Baton Rouge Louisiana that focus on solving housing issues. If you have been sent an eviction notice, or are just having difficulty in keeping up, then look into rent assistance programs as soon as possible. The earlier you look into your options the better your chance of receiving help. Read more.
Free or discounted clothes are provided by thrift stores, churches and non-profit clothing closets. Regardless of your income or financial situation, residents of Baton Rogue Parish have several options available to them. Many people receive items for work or school, such as suits, free shoes, slacks, or backpacks. Some centers have furniture or household goods. Other programs provide items around Christmas, including gifts and toys for children. Continue with clothing closets in Baton Rogue.
DCFS of Baton Rouge process applications for government aid. This is mostly for very low income families, the unemployed and the working poor. Other services, such as SSI disability, can help with a medical condition. Programs ranging from SNAP food stamps to grants from FITAP are offered along with many other public assistance programs. Click here.
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (225-359-9940) partners with dozens of local charities and non-profit aid organizations to provide free food and household items to people who need help. If you call them they can direct you to the facility that is most convenient to you that can provide you with free, nutritious food. The non-profit can also direct people to government food programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Other organization to contact include Saint Paul Catholic Church (call (225) 383-2537) as well as United Methodist HOPE Ministries (dial (225) 355-0702). Or find information, phone numbers, and addresses of a few dozen other food pantries and clothing closets in Baton Rogue. More.
There are several clinics, doctors, and other medical professionals throughout the Baton Rouge Louisiana area that provide health care services to local patients. They are organized under the Community Health Charities of Louisiana Affiliated Agencies (985-898-5946), and this agency coordinates the medical services provided. Click here to read more on how to get access to free health care.
Some of the facilities and clinics that offer free health care, or that requirement payments based on a sliding scale, include the Greater Baton Rogue Community Clinic and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.