DeSoto Parish assistance programs
The DeSoto Parish community services is the local community action agency. They are located in Mansfield, but service the entire parish of DeSoto Louisiana. The phone number is (318) 872-6311.
If you are struggling with paying your rent, or facing an eviction, the agency may from time to time have funds that they can provide to help you make it through a short term crisis. They have recently received additional federal government funding from the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the stimulus plan) which has allowed them to help more people than normal. Funding is always limited, and the demand is high.
This is another federal government funded program that will help people save hundreds of dollars per year on their utility bills. It is free to qualified families.
Contractors will inspect your home and provide free energy saving improvements. The extensive work includes weather stripping, additional floor, attic and wall insulation, carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, combustion tests on all appliances, minor wall, floor and roof repair, sunscreens, caulking for air infiltration, unvented space heater replacement. Other support can include tuning and repairs of air conditioning units, energy efficient light bulb replacement and an overall assurance that homes are properly ventilated for desired air quality. All of the work that is completed on the homes and/or an apartment is designed to conserve energy for at least 10 years.
To learn about these or other programs dial (318) 872-6311.
Financial assistance in DeSoto Parish
DeSoto Parish Police Jury is one of the leading agencies to call for food, housing assistance, and help in applying for government aid. It partners with private agencies, non-profits and government organizations in an effort to assist the working poor and homeless. Some of the resources available include applications for 8 Housing Program, Food Stamps, and Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP). They can provide some emergency housing assistance as well, including shelter and short term transition units.
Section 8 vouchers will help subsidize a low income family’s monthly rent. Other housing costs, including utility bill assistance, may be offered for De Soto Parish families. The second main program, Food Stamps, will help meet the nutritional needs of families and is the main federal government resource. Free food, vouchers, and groceries may be provided. They also partner with numerous social service agencies and charities.
Call the Parish Jury at 101 Franklin Street, Mansfield, Louisiana 71052, (318) 872-0795. Speak to a case manager for more details.
H.G.M. Community Development - This is a local non-profit food pantry that offers aid to low income families. Fresh fruits, canned goods, vegetables, and baby formula may be offered. The address is
8480 Highway 509, Mansfield, LA 71052, phone number (318) 871-8008.
Feed and Seed Storefront Ministry may have emergency food boxes. Also, holiday meals, including Thanksgiving and Christmas items, may be provided. The center is at 201 Polk Street. Call (318) 872-6397.
DeSoto-Parish Health Unit is the local community clinic. A number of services may be offered for people who lack insurance or enough income to pay medical bills on their own. Aid distributed includes prescription expense assistance, health care, family planning, and guidance. The clinic also provides patients with preventive health care, referrals and follow-up as needed. Education on healthy lifestyles can be offered for children and families too. Staff, doctors and professionals from the unit are available to provide health related programs to the greater De Soto community and even local businesses. Telephone number for intake is (318) 872-0472.