Bossier Parish assistance programs.

Financial help for bills and other assistance

A.C.T.I.O.N. (Area Christians Together In Our Neighborhood) is a non-profit organization that was created by local churches. It is funded and supported by Haughton, Eastwood, Fillmore, Princeton and First Baptist Church, Wesley Chapel Christian Church, Southern Methodist and also several well-meaning local businesses, individuals and organizations who are interested in helping the low income and less fortunate people and families in need in the surrounding Haughton area. The organization can assist with rent funds, money for paying a mortgage, utility bill assistance, providing free food, food baskets at Thanksgiving and at Christmas and food packages as needed throughout the year. Call 318-949-1000.

Bossier Office of Community Services is a private, non-profit organization that can direct low income and working poor people to grant and assistance programs. Examples can include government programs like SNAP food stamps or LIHEAP low income energy bill assistance. Also get information on state of Louisiana and federal government health and medical care programs such as Medicaid.

The location serves as the parishes non-profit community action agency as well. Other resources are offered to help people overcome poverty, and they include CSBG Emergency Rent Grants, medications, and applications for day care of Head Start. The homeless may also access security deposit assistance or get to use local Bossier emergency shelters. Call 318-747-1045, or read Bossier Office of Community Services.

Salvation Army Social Services also supports Benton and Bossier County residents. The so called Social Service Segment of the Salvation Army is the part that many low income individuals turn to. The group provides a multitude of assistance programs and services to the low income and needy. The programs may include free food, new or gently worn clothing, household products including furniture, utility assistance, and limited rent help.




There are also seasonal services from the Salvation Army. The two biggest are Christmas toys and gifts from Angel Tree. Another major resource is for children that attend school, and they can get supplies during back to school shopping season. Dial 318-424-3200, or more on Bossier Parish Salvation Army assistance programs.

Catholic Charities of Benton and Southwest Louisiana is made up of local churches across a number of parishes. The agency can provide mostly referrals, information, and case management. However from time to time financial aid may be offered for Bossier Parish families and the poor. This can include rent help, utility bill assistance, or vouchers for clothing. Other services include free food, Christmas and holiday assistance, and transitional housing units. Read more.





DSS is based in Bossier City. They coordinate government benefits in the parish. There are many programs available, including TANF welfare grants, affordable child care, and dental/medical care from Medicaid. The department of DSS also focuses on trying to help clients get a new or better job and to increase their income. Call (318) 741-7320.

Rent or mortgage payment assistance

Try calling United Christian Assistance Program to see if they can provide help. They are located at 204 Miller Street in Minden, Louisiana. Dial 318-377-6804. Homeless prevention can include one time rent help, money for security deposits, and legal aid in Bossier Parish.

There are other locations that may offer emergency rent or security deposit help. The goal is to both stop an eviction as well as rehouse (or relocate) the homeless or families that can’t afford their home or apartment. While financial aid is one option, there is also legal aid, housing stability programs, as well as government grants for paying rent from resources including section 8. More on rent help in Bossier Parish.

Utility bill payment assistance (water, gas/propane, electric)

The following agencies may have emergency funding for a variety of utility bills. Funding is very limited and applicants normally will need to have s hut off notice.

Galilee Baptist Church Social Concerns Ministry - Shreveport, LA. for information on grants or even loans for paying bills, dial 318-221-2629.




United Christian Assistance Program - Minden, Louisiana - Phone 318-377-6804. Some funds may be paid out in an emergency.

Access emergency food in Bossier

United Christian Assistance Program, in addition to offering the services mentioned above, may be able to provide free food as well. Dial 318-377-6804. Also, click here for other ways to get free food.

Northwest Louisiana Food Bank - This non-profit may have canned food, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meets for the low income and needy in Bossier and Benton. Call 318-675-2400

There are several other food pantries in the parish. Call them for help. Families, immigrants, seniors, and others can be provided groceries, information on SNAP food stamps, and other programs in the region. They also provide Christmas meals or gifts and Thanksgiving turkeys. More on Bossier Parish food pantries.

Health care

Webster Parish Health Unit may be able to offer low cost or free health care to the low income and uninsured in the community. Medications, check ups, and primary health care may be offered. A sliding fee scale may be in place for paying your medical bills. Call 318-371-3030.

A sliding fee dental clinic is the David Raines Community Health Centers. The location services Bossier City and the parish. Call (318) 841-6023 for information. Some patients, such as a child that come from an uninsured household, may receive a discount on cleanings, extractions, and church ups. If this center can’t help, then find other affordable dental clinics.



By Jon McNamara

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