Jefferson Parish public assistance and human services.

Coordinating both state and local public assistance programs in Jefferson Parish, the Department of Children and Family Services combines both social work with one time emergency funds for needs ranging from food to housing and medical care. Each government benefits will have a strict application process in place, and any type of aid is short term in nature.

The federal funded Food Stamp Program will provide participants with an EBT debit card. They can use this each month to help pay for groceries, food, formula, and any other nutritional needs they have. This form of support is combined with educational resources and workshops, such as tips on how to prepare healthy meals, recipes, and more. In addition to SNAP, which is referenced above, there are three other main services in Jefferson Parish. They include the following.

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, will help pay for formula and food items for newborns or pregnant mothers.
  • LaCap is a public assistance program for seniors.
  • Children can benefit from Summer Food Services. This will ensure younger residents of Jefferson Parish have access to snacks and meals while they are out on break and do not have the benefit of free school lunches.

Grants and cash assistance in Jefferson Parish

The Department of Children and Family Services processes applications for a few different resources. Each will require that clients are on the path to self-sufficiency and employment, and these will be the only individuals that may benefit from these public aid programs.

  • TANF can provide temporary relief for basic needs. It is combined with job training and placement services from DCFS social workers.
  • CAP is what can help pay for child care costs. The parish will only pay a portion of the family's expenses, and they also need to be employed or in job training.
  • The disabled in Jefferson Parish can receive public assistance from SSI or the social security administration.
  • FITAP, or the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program, is another option for families in need that are facing poverty.
  • Other services may be referrals to housing, government grants from ESG and more.




For those families that are able to enroll into temporary assistance for needy families, or TANF, the funds can be used to help pay for expenses ranging from rent to energy bills and medical costs. This is only available in partnership with WorkFirst services, and if the applicant can't get help from other means.

Department of Children and Family Services partners with many housing providers in Jefferson Parish as well.  The goal is to prevent homelessness in the community, and they help agencies coordinate funds to make this happen. Everything from public housing to shelter and emergency grants for rental costs may be available, as well as referrals and general guidance.

Career services are part of the resources available from Jefferson Parish Department of Children and Family Services. Using government funds and partnership with federal agencies, the parish can assist clients in the pursuit of employment.

Locations will help people with creating a resume, provide free use of computers, and practice interview sessions. There may be public funds available to pay for employment related expenses, such as clothing or transportation. These services will also commonly be called Strategies to Empower People.

Medicaid is an option. The state of Louisiana, using public assistance and other sources of funding, works to ensure that all residents have access to medical care. There can be help in paying for doctor visits, dental check ups, and other care that may be needed. In some instances, Jefferson Parish residents may also have dental needs met from Medicaid.

The two main DCFS offices are as follows. Both centers can be called at 1-888-524-3578.

  • East Bank is located at 3229 36th St., Metairie, Louisiana 70001
  • The West Bank center is at 2150 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA 70058



By Jon McNamara

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