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Caddo Parish and Shreveport assistance programs.

Several charities, churches, and non-profits help low income families and struggling residents. Find a list of assistance programs ranging from financial aid for utility bills or rent to medical care, job programs, and free goods in Caddo Parish. There may be grants or loans for paying medical bills or rent or free foreclosure or debt counseling.

Or get clothes, free school supplies, free legal services, or medical care from clinics in Shreveport, or Christmas gifts. Financial assistance is often combined with other support. The low income, seniors, and disabled can often get help.

Social services and financial assistance

The Shreveport Salvation Army offers numerous assistance programs and services, including comprehensive adult and youth group activities, family services and help for paying bills. They also run low cost residences and programs for senior citizens, offer homes for unwed mothers, residences for working adults, and correctional services. There are also free Christmas assistance gift programs, transient and moving persons service, summer camps, community centers, free school supplies as well as emergency and disaster services in Shreveport.

One of the main resources they offer is access to the Salvation Army Social Service Department. Every year this department provides help to the thousands of needy individuals who are seeking free food, gently worn clothing, or help with rent and utility bill assistance. Many others need access to free health and medical care, debt relief programs, transportation access (such as gas and bus vouchers), and other aid.

The Shreveport Salvation Army Social Service Department Program can help people with these needs. The agency employs on-site case workers who are able to provide real, practical help. This includes counseling in areas of financial assistance, budgeting and banking, debt elimination, and the counselors also network with other agencies and charities.

In addition, people who need food aid can stop by the the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. This facility provides three meals a day, which are prepared and served seven days a week in our industrial kitchen. Hungry people, unemployed, homeless and others know they will receive a hot, nutritious meal at any time at the East Stoner location. (318) 424-3200. Read more Caddo Parish Salvation Army assistance programs.




Christian Service Program – Runs a number of programs for the needy, regardless of religion. Specifically they include Mother Stewart House, which is transitional housing for women. There is also a literacy program known as A Second Chance at Learning and Hospitality House/Soup kitchen. Emergency assistance for paying bills and expenses includes money for rent as well as prescription medications. Other support from the charity can include utility bill assistance, food, and clothing. Shreveport, Louisiana 71161-0021, call (318) 221-4857, or read more Christian Service emergency programs.

Centerpoint – This non-profit only offers information and referrals to food programs, rent, shelter, and utility assistance. Get referred to government aid and local non-profits, including public as well as cash assistance in Louisiana. 1002 Texas Ave., Shreveport, LA 71101, call 227-2100. Click here for state of Louisiana government assistance.

Mother Stewart House – May be able to provide assistance for single and/or pregnant women. 1248 Sprague, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, phone 222-3363

Bossier Rescue Mission has an office at 2033 Texas Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103. This charity/non-profit can offer referrals and non-cash assistance with paying for food, furniture, household items, and clothing. Phone number is 227-2868.

Providence House focuses on housing needs and the greater Shreveport area. While the demand is high and resources are limited, very low income families, those facing eviction and the homeless in Caddo Parish may qualify for help, including from Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness.

They operate shelters, provide information on funds to pay the security deposits on a new low income apartment, and transitional housing. Another focus from Providence House is case management, and this may be debt reduction and credit services, GED training, and career counseling. More on Providence House.





St. Vincent DePaul – Provides referrals for utility bill assistance, money for rent and free food and meals. Call 865-7807

  • Volunteers of America – this is the local offices of the national non-profit. Focuses on housing and other emergency needs. 360 Jordan, Shreveport, LA 71101, call 221-2669
  • Bossier Office of Community Services – This may be the leading non-profit in Caddo Parish Louisiana. Programs include:
  • Emergency Assistance - When Funds are available and if the applicant meets the income/regulatory criteria, people may get help for rent & utility bill payments. Receive semi-annual help with gas and electric costs and bills too. Read more Louisiana electric bill assistance.
  • Food Pantry includes Commodities Distribution and the non-profit may also have quarterly surplus food giveaways.
  • Transportation assistance – Get rides to and from doctor appointments for Medicaid recipients, however a minimum 2-day advance notice required.
  • Weatherization is offered in Cado Parish, and it can help people making their home more energy efficient and help people save money.
  • Programs for children – Includes Head Start and they are a child care provider program.

Location is 700 Benton Road, Suite A, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111, phone 747-1045

Harvest Temple Church of God in Christ runs a food program at 1633 Benton Rd., Bossier City, Louisiana 71111. Telephone 742-7616

State and federal government funded homeless prevention programs are available for tenants and homeowners. The services can also rehouse the homeless. There are a few main options available in Caddo Parish, such as the following.

  • ESG can provide financial aid or loans to pay everything from back rent to water or electric bills.
  • Permanent supportive housing is for the most at risk, including seniors and the disabled.
  • Counseling is available to stop a foreclosure.
  • This service can also address legal issues, from eviction defense to housing discrimination from local landlords.
  • Find other housing and homeless prevention programs in Caddo Parish.

The Caddo Community Action Agency offers a number of programs, in addition to food which is referenced below. This is one of the leading non-profit organizations for the working poor, homeless, and low income to contact. They offer programs such as LIHEAP energy bill assistance as well as emergency assistance to prevent homelessness. Much of this aid is available in partnership with local charities, churches, and other groups, but CCAA play a leading role.

Other assistance may be Head Start applications, they run the weatherization program in Caddo Parish, and the organization may even have occasional hotel or motel vouchers for the homeless. Or get referrals to shelters or programs for paying security deposits, among other resources. More on assistance from Caddo Community Action Agency.





Housing, rent, and shelter programs - Some charities and government agencies in Caddo Parish focus on helping tenants. They offer a combination of assistance programs, ranging from money to pay rent to free motel vouchers, transitional housing, and grants. There are also referrals to low income apartments in the Shreveport. More on Caddo Parish rental assistance.

Caddo Parish Catholic Charities administers emergency assistance and other resources for all of northern Louisiana. While some limited financial aid may be offered for paying rent or energy bills, most of the services in Shreveport are focused on self-sufficiency and personal growth. For example, clients can sign up for financial education and budgeting classes. Other services are for immigrants. If you need direct financial help for bills, food, housing and similar support then call this charity organization for help or referrals. Click Shreveport Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Children and Family Services is the statewide, public assistance program. Using state and federal government grants, Caddo Parish DCFS encourages economic stability. The government can process applications for cash aid, SNAP food stamps, child care vouchers, and many other programs. They even advise on disability services in the community. Learn more Caddo Parish public assistance programs.

Programs for paying water bills - Households that are faced with a shut off of their service can get help from agencies such as Socialization Services and others in Caddo Parish. The local government and its partners can provide qualified low income families, including seniors, with emergency grants for paying a past due water bill. There will also be tips on conservation measures to take. More on Caddo Parish water programs.

Civil legal assistance programs

Legal Services of North Louisiana provides low income and elderly people with free legal aid, representation and support. The non-profit firm can be reached at (800) 826-9265. Get help with legal issues such as landlord/tenant, eviction proceeding, utility disconnections, and much more.

Programs that provide free groceries and food

Over 90,000 people in the northwest Louisiana area are struggling to provide food for their families. If you fit into this criteria, The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is the agency that may be able to assist you or your family. They are the areas largest distributor of donated groceries and food for the local Caddo Parish area. They also refer people to benefits, including FITAP cash assistance in Louisiana.

The agency sorts, warehouse and distributes groceries and free food to over 100 local charities and partner agencies which then give it to people in need of help. People who need food for themselves or their families, and who may be affected by hunger in our community are often hardworking adults, children and seniors who simply are facing a short term hardship, or who cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days due to a crisis. (318) 675-2400

The CADDO Community Action Agency (phone (318) 861-4808) is another local non-profit agency that offers low income and other individuals access to several different assistance programs. They help administer the LIHEAP energy bill assistance program, can provide access to rent assistance, offer mortgage and housing counseling, and other services that can help people deal with a short term emergency, as well as become self-sufficient over the long term.

Local food pantries will offer assistance to income qualified families on a first come and served basis. There are many centers in the parish. Everything from groceries to school lunches and holiday meals may be served to residents in a crisis, with special programs focused on senior citizens. Find food pantries in Caddo Parish.







Free pharmacy and health care clinic

The Shreveport Louisiana based Martin Luther King Health Center provide care for all residents of Caddo Parish. The clinic is the oldest free pharmacy and healthcare clinic in the state. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at the clinic work to offer and extend comprehensive, free primary healthcare and pharmacy services to people who can’t otherwise afford top pay for their medical or hospital bills. Thousands of patients are assisted each year.

Some of the health care services offered include treatment, life-sustaining medications, medical screening, patient advocacy and education, free prescriptions, free CPAP machines for the elderly, and also case management. The programs are offered at no cost to either under insured or uninsured patients with chronic illness who would otherwise not take advantage of health care services or medical care because of a lack of resources or money. (318) 227-2912

Pool of Siloam Medical Ministry (phone 631-2212) is another clinic that provides free medical and dental care to low income patients or people without health insurance. They run what is known at the Primary Care Clinic, which helps with medical conditions. Dental care is offered from the Pool Dental Clinic. They also run certain services specifically for women, and also provide counseling. Referrals are given to other specialists too for all needs. As an example, find free dental clinics in Louisiana.


By Jon McNamara

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