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Rental assistance programs Calcasieu Parish.

Almost 10 agencies focus on offering rental assistance in Calcasieu Parish. While they can provide other financial aid or resources (such as funds for utility bills or furniture), the main focus is on stopping homelessness and offer rehousing. The main faith based church groups, local charities as well as government agencies to try for rent help, shelter, section 8 vouchers, or security deposit assistance are below.

Anyone that is struggling should seek help way before they get an eviction notice. That being said, in a crisis, some tenants in Lake Charles may be able to get a loan or grant to help pay a portion of their rent. The homeless can find a shelter or transitional housing program. The low income, who cannot afford a home or apartment, can look into section 8 housing which is an income based form of rent assistance. There may also be free hotel vouchers, financial aid (rent or utilities) for single moms or the elderly and much more.

Catholic Charities of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana supports the entire parish region. While multiple churches may offer rent help, free furniture to the low income for a home, or other aid, the main intake location is at 1225 2nd Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601. There may be loans, utility bill help, clothes, and other ways they provide rent or housing assistance. Immigrants and seniors can also get support. Call 337-439-7436 for appointments.

Salvation Army has homeless shelters, a thrift store, and emergency rental assistance. They operate from 3020 Legion St, Lake Charles, LA 70615 and the phone number is (337) 721-8068. They operate other resources too, including case management, homeless prevention funds, The Center of Hope program for housing/rent/substance abuse and more. Find more details on rent help from Salvation Army Calcasieu Parish.

Manna Ministries can provide emergency financial aid for rent or other bills to registered, income qualified residents of Calcasieu Parish. The ministry is based at St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church. The goal for any rent help (or even utility or water bill assistance) is to stop homelessness. Call (337) 802-3729 for appointments, or the address is 1500 Country Club Road, Lake Charles 70605.

Calcasieu Parish Human Services Department if part of the Continuum of Care Access Center. This is government agency that coordinates homeless prevention with other groups. Everything from ESG grants for security deposits, cash aid, LIHEAP, or back rent help is offered. Call (337) 494-5841. They also help the disabled with SSI, which can also be used for rent, at their main office at 2300 Fruge Street, Lake Charles 70601.





Elderly and senior citizens in Calcasieu Parish can apply to Section 202 at the Calcasieu Council on Aging. The address is 3950 Gerstner Memorial Blvd, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607. It is income based, subsidized housing that also gives support services. Phone - (337) 474-2583.

Lake Charles Office of Acadiana Legal Services provides free legal aid to stop evictions. The elderly, disabled, and working poor who are facing eviction (or utility disconnections) can get help, including representation in housing court. Location is 127 W. Broad Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. Call 337-439-0377 for intake.

Calcasieu Parish Housing Department and Housing Authority of Lake Charles both operate section 8 housing. They also give self-sufficiency, operate section 8 rental homes, and other resources for the low income and people in poverty. The locations are 661 Dixy Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601 (parish phone - (337) 965-7793) as well as the city at 2001 Moeling St # B, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601. Phone - (337) 439-5878.

Care Help of Sulphur will only help residents of that city/town. Call (337) 528-2273. Rent help, transportation, money for utility or security deposits, loans, and furniture may be offered. Any emergency funds for rent or housing need to be applied for at 200 N. Huntington, Sulphur Louisiana 70663.

By Jon McNamara

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