Louisiana families can get public assistance and other aid from the Department of Children and Family Services and other state run programs. Case management, grants, cash assistance, and a number of other emergency and financial assistance programs are administered across Louisiana. Find information on the social services and public resources below.
Get free or low cost food and groceries from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This use to be known as food stamps. The federal government funded program can provide monthly benefits that help low income households, seniors, and disabled buy the food and groceries that are needed for good health. While paid for by public funds, vouchers can be used at local grocery stores and supermarkets.
Louisiana residents who are 60 years of age or older may be able to benefit from the Combined Application Project (LaCAP). This is a statewide food assistance program that is funded by public dollars and it is for low to moderate income Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age or older.
Get cash assistance and other support from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This program organizes and provides both financial assistance and more importantly, longer term self-sufficiency. Resources can help lower income families, children, teenagers and parents across Louisiana. Receive funds to pay bills in a crisis. Also access job training programs, case management, career counseling, and much more. Or find a listing of other benefits for low income families.
Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program, or CCAP for short, provides cash assistance and grants to parents to help pay for the child care they need. It will pay for their day care and child care so that the parents can either work or attend school or job training.
The amount of monthly payments that are made to program participants will be based on the number of hours the parents attend school or training or work. Other factors to take into account will be the family size, the amount charged by the child care provider, and the total household income.
The Louisiana child care assistance program is also very flexible. Parents who are enrolled in this public assistance program can select any licensed child care center determined by the Department of Family Services, Class A child care center, registered Family Child Day Care Home, school-based before and after school program. Or parents can even choose an In-Home provider or relative that is active in the CCAP provider directory. Click more Louisiana child care programs.
Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) - Provides cash assistance and other forms of public aid for eligible children in Louisiana who reside with relatives other than parents. For example, kids who live with their grandparent or uncles and aunts may get emergency financial assistance for housing, bills, food, and much more.
Another cash assistance program offered in Louisiana by the Department of Children and Family Services is the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program. Provides temporary cash and other forms of public assistance to families in need of help with paying for basic living needs.
Employment services are offered by Strategies to Empower People Program (STEP). Resources can assist recipients of FITAP, and the program can help them with educational, career counseling, job training, and work related activities. Case workers from Department of Children and Family Services will work with individuals to help them gain employment and self-sufficiency.
The Louisiana Family Violence Prevention Program pays for, advocates and partners with local agencies to end domestic violence across Louisiana. This service will do its best to ensure survivors and their loved ones lead independent, safe, and quality lives.
Helping Our Homeless is an emergency shelter funded by public dollars. The centers provide short term transitional or temporary for the very low income/homeless in general or for specific populations of the homeless. When ready to move into a home or apartment, funds for rent and security deposits may be distributed. Soup Kitchens are also available.