Low income families that are facing eviction can get help from the Emergency Solutions Grant program. It was created by the federal government and is run in partnership with the state of Louisiana and various non-profit, housing focused agencies. Financial assistance, including rent help, is available to families on the verge of eviction as well as the currently homeless.
While assistance is available for a number of issues, most of the resources are focused on low income families with children, seniors, the disabled, or even groups such as veterans. The crisis also needs to be unexpected and can't have been caused by the applicant.
The program, also known as ESG, is often combined with the Continuum of Care. Both of them are focused on preventing homelessness in Louisiana. When combined together they may have financial aid, case management, as well as rehousing services available to qualified applicants. While all resources are very limited, some of the components of it are as follows.
Any funds paid out may be done so in a somewhat shorter time frame. So this is intended to be an emergency program. While the non-profits will try to offer help in the form of a grant, in some cases a loan will be issued to otherwise qualified families or individuals. Regardless, any rental assistance or case management is only available to applicants that are facing imminent homelessness.
Applicants with a disability or mental condition can take part in behavioral health services, medical care, and other services. This is done as the client often needs to address other challenges if they are to find any long term, housing stability. Many other rent and eviction prevention programs are available for Louisiana tenants with a disability. They use vouchers from HUD in order to keep them funding. Locate housing assistance for the disabled.
Veterans in Louisiana can often get help from SSVF, or Supportive Services for Veteran Families. This is another federal government program that is focused on the housing needs of veterans and their immediate family members. Grants may be issued to pay rent, provide transitional housing, or cover the security deposit on a new home. Other components of this include case management. SSVF and the agencies that administer it do what they can to prevent the eviction of a veteran who has served our country.
The Emergency Solutions Grant program will also provide other support services. Workshops are held on case management and self-sufficiency. This will include referrals to job training and placement services in Louisiana. Also, many of the agencies that offer rental assistance or other support coordinate resources among themselves. Staff will also advocate on behalf of the poor and low income in the state as well, as they try to ensure housing is available to people of all incomes, races, and ages.
As noted, the resources and number of people that can get helped is limited. All of the funds come from an annual grant from HUD, or the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The amount paid out to Louisiana will change every year, and some charities or non-profits may not even receive funds in a particular year. However, in most cases an organization will still try to refer residents to other rental assistance programs or solutions in their town or county.
PJ ASSIST Agency, 11 N. Parkerson Ave. Crowley, La. 70526, (337) 788-7550
PJ Project Hope
June Jenkins Women's Shelter, 202 W 1st St, DeRidder, LA 70634, Telephone - (337) 238-4141. Victims of domestic violence, single moms, and other homeless or evicted women can get assistance. Shelter, referrals to programs for paying first months rent and other aid is available.
City of Alexandria
Shepherd Center Shelter, 1400 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA 71301, (318) 448-3752
City of Baton Rouge/ Parish of EBR
City of Bossier City
City of Kenner
Kenner Cares, Inc., 56 Woodlake Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065-1054
City of Hammond
Southeast Spouse Abuse, (985) 542-8384
City of New Iberia
Iberia Parish Homeless Shelter, 307 Robertson St, New Iberia, LA 70560, (337) 369- 9900
City of Lafayette
City of Lake Charles
City of Monroe
City of New Orleans
City of Opelousas
City of Ruston
D.A.R.T. of Lincoln, PO BOX 1223, Ruston, LA 71273-1223, (318) 513.9373
City of Shreveport
City of Slidell
The Caring Center of Slidell, 020 Buccaran Dr, Slidell, LA 70458, Phone: (985) 646- 1368
DeSoto Parish Police Jury
Family Transitory Emergency Program
Iberia Parish Government
SMILE CAA Iberia Parish Homeless Shelter
Jefferson Parish Council
Women Outreaching Women, 26852 Louisiana 1032, Denham Springs, LA, (225) 665-9100
Many, Town of
Project Celebration, 580 W Main Street, Many, LA 71449
Parish of Ascension
Church United for Community Development
St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Parish Battered Women's Shelter
St. Mary Parish Government
St. Tammany Parish Government
St. Tammany Community Action Agency, 1301 N Florida St, Covington, LA 70433, Phone: (985) 893-3923. The non-profit receives occasional funding from CSBG and private donations across Louisiana. Loans may be issued for paying housing expenses, and other support includes placement into transitional housing and landlord / tenant mediation to stop evictions.
Tangipahoa Parish Government
Tangipahoa Parish Development
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
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