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Rental assistance in Jefferson Parish Louisiana.

Get rent assistance in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. A number of non-profits, agencies, and housing authorities offer counseling, direct cash assistance, referrals, and other low income housing programs to qualified families. The service area covered includes Gretna and also the greater Jefferson County region.

The government programs and agencies listed below are some of the leading resources in Jefferson County. The number and type of services they offer will vary widely, and many have conditions that need to be met. In addition to the rent assistance provided, which is mainly aimed at preventing evictions and homelessness in the community, the non-profits will offer case management, counseling and programs to help people become self-sufficient over the mid to long term. As the only solution to a housing crisis is to ensure individuals can pay their rent, on their own, without the need for aid.

JPHSA - Division of Community Support - This offers one time rental (or electric bill assistance) for people who have attended mental health or substance abuse clinics. Learn about a number of housing programs in the area. 838-5700.

Armstrong Family Services - Apply for financial assistance and grants that can be used to pay for up to 3 months of rental costs. The assistance is offered for families that have some form of income and who have an eviction notice, or money can be paid to people who are currently homeless. (504) 821-6023

City of Kenner – Community Development - The program provides emergency rental and housing assistance to Kenner residents. 2100 Third St., Suite 8, Kenner Louisiana 70062, 468-7588

House of Ruth - Families and individuals in Algiers can apply for rent help and security deposit assistance. Zero percent interest loans, tenant mediation services, referrals, and other forms of assistance for rental costs may be provided. 1111 Newton St., Algiers 70114, 366-3921

Jefferson Community Action Programs (JeffCAP) - Resources administered include rental/mortgage  assistance to stop an eviction. Funds may also be available for utility bills. Housing counseling is offered by specialists. Applicants need to meet eligibility & income requirements, and a focus will be on senior citizens or people at risk. 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 402, Jefferson 70123, dial 736-6900

Avondale Community Center - The agency is involved in serving Avondale, Waggaman, Grand Isle & Westwego, and they offer rental help to tenants and households in those areas. 4008 U.S. Highway 90, Avondale Louisiana 70094, call 349-5414




Bridge City Community Center - Covers the cities and town in Jefferson County of Bridge City, Avondale, Waggaman & Westwego. Address is 301 Third Emanuel St., Bridge City 70094, dial 349-5464

Dorothy B. Watson Community Center - Serving Kenner, River Ridge & Harahan families. 1300 Myrtle St., Metairie 70003, call 736-6480

Gretna Community Center - Serving Gretna & Terrytown individuals with rent help, grants, and money for security deposits. 1700 Monroe St., Gretna Louisiana 70056, 376-2130

Harvey Community Center - Located at 1501 Estalote St., Harvey 70058. Apply for housing assistance by dialing 227-1221. This non-profit may issue loans as an form of emergency rental assistance.

Hazel Rhea Hurst Community Center - Serving Metairie & Jefferson families. 1121 S. Causeway Blvd., Jefferson 70121, 838-4277

Marrero Community Center - Location: 1861 Ames Blvd., Marrero 70072. Phone 349-5950

Salvation Army centers (phone 899-4569) may have referrals to shelters, transitional housing, or grants for rental costs. Financial aid is very limited.

Jefferson Family Care Center runs a homeless shelter. After clients have stabilized, they may receive referrals to low income apartments or housing units in the community. It is run in partnership with Catholic Charities. Main phone is (504) 347-0772.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services can help with a number of housing problems in Jefferson Parish. The agency administers everything from free legal advice to prevent evictions to information on utility disconnections. They address disputes over security deposits, public benefits, and more. (504) 835-4882

Eviction prevention resources are available in the area. Tenants facing homelessness, or those residents currently without a home to live in, may qualify based on funding. Any rental assistance is short term and provided using a grant. Other resources in Jefferson Parish include deposit help, vouchers for a motel, counseling, and more. Continue reading Jefferson Parish and New Orleans homeless prevention programs.

Jefferson Parish Louisiana Housing Authorities

Jefferson Parish Section 8 - The federal government funded housing voucher program which can pay a portion of rental expenses. 1011 Fourth St., Gretna 70056, 366-5344

Jefferson Parish Housing Authority - 1718 Betty St., Marrero Louisiana 70072, dial 347-4381





Kenner Housing Authority - Learn about government programs, homeless prevention, HUD counseling, and other free programs. 1013 31st St., Kenner 70065, 467-9166

Westwego Housing Authority - 1010 Sixth St., Westwego Louisiana 70094, 341-5255

Jefferson Parish Project Reach – RHD - People who are homeless, or right on the verge of it, can receive shelter and low income housing. The non-profit also has referrals, mobile outreach, emergency rental assistance, and case management. Call 832-5123

Jefferson Parish HPRP
The referral/assessment line is 504-723-7961.

Jefferson Parish Community Development Department - Call  (504) 736-6262. Runs the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This can provide money for security deposits, funds to pay rent for up to 18 months, help for back rent, and other aid.


By Jon McNamara

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