Lafayette Parish assistance programs.

Find where and how to get grants and loans for paying bills. Charities, non-profits, and churches help low income families with their rent, utility bills, and more. Also find free items, including food or meals, clothing, gasoline vouchers, and other goods. The  main places in Lafayette Parish to contact for financial assistance along with free debt counseling, foreclosure prevention, and more is below.

Housing, rent, and energy programs

One of the first place you should turn to for help paying bills, housing expenses, and to get information on various options and services is Smile Community Action Agency. The phone number is (337) 234-3272. Find examples of some of the programs they offer below.

  • Housing and foreclosure assistance - The agency is a HUD approved counseling agency. They provide homeowners and renters with a wide variety of counseling services include foreclosure prevention, pre-occupancy, mortgage default, post-occupancy, rental delinquency, home improvement and rehabilitation, displacement and relocation, debt management of liquidation, pre-foreclosure sale, reverse mortgage, money management, and the counselors can also provide referral to community resources and government programs with emphasis on first-time homebuyer education and foreclosure assistance.




  • Weatherization energy conserving programs - The federal government funded Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created to assist low income and other qualified individuals and families with conserving energy. As a result of this program, it will help people lower their energy costs and bills. The program may also provide for the minor updates and repairs of homes, including the following. Insulation of the attic and walls, Replacement of broken window panes, Minor repairs and adjustments to windows and doors and Replacement of broken window panes.
  • Emergency assistance - SMILE CAA can provide everything from free food to emergency solutions grants for paying rent. While all funding is limited, the community action agency may also have transportation programs in Lafayette Parish, assistance for security deposits, and homeless prevention services.





Many other programs are run from the organization. Learn more on Lafayette Community Action Agency assistance programs.

The Salvation Army has centers in Lafayette and other parishes. The non-profit organization will provide assistance to people who qualify regardless of their age, religion, gender, and they do not discriminate. The organization administers a number of programs. Among them include the following.

Low income families, in particular children, can receive free toys and meals during the holidays. Vouchers for medications may be available. Emergency financial assistance includes funds for paying rent or utility bills. Other resources in Lafayette may include case management, shelter, free fans during the summer and applications for government assistance. Read Lafayette Salvation Army programs.

Lafayette Parish Catholic Charities offers assistance ranging from shelter, meals, to housing assistance. The charity covers a wide spectrum of needs of the poor, senior citizens, and the low income. Some of the specific resources include St. Michael Center, which is housing for veterans. A number of additional basic needs can be provided for in the Lafayette Louisiana region, such as clothing, food, hot meals, and Christmas assistance. Limited financial assistance is offered as well as Meals on Wheels. Click here more details.

Referrals from ESSENTIALS - This is a service that offers callers information on dozens of assistance programs and stability resources, including job training and placement. Of particular focus is on preventing evictions and hunger, so free food, loans for paying bills or households expenses, and other support is available.

Staff can also direct parish residents to other human services. They can learn about benefits such as Food stamps or low income apartments. Or get referrals to disability application sites and other aid. Call 232-4357, or click more ESSENTIAL services.

Assistance for food - People from across the parish can try a pantry. There are dozens of centers. Some offer free hot meals, other locations will pass out a box of groceries. The resources will vary.

Some of the food pantries also provide seasonal support. This will rely on what has been donated from the community. But programs may offer Christmas meals, school supplies, and even gently used clothing in some cases. Continue with information on food pantries in Lafayette.




Child care assistance

A program that is actually known as Child Care Assistance may be able to provide qualified individuals with reimbursement for a percentage of child care expenses for working parents/guardians and also help those who may be attending school. Any type of child care payments are made directly to the provider. Dial 337-262-5111.

Debt reduction and credit counseling programs

The Lafayette Consumer Credit Counseling Services (Phone number 337-406-5635) The non-profit credit agency, known as CCCS, helps households that are behind on their bills. They are a local non-profit service that provides both credit counseling, debt assistance and budgeting advice.

The primary purpose of the non-profit agency is to promote the responsible use of credit through both consumer education and counseling. They also offer free tips on getting finances under control. In addition, millions of American are struggling with paying credit card bills and medical debts. So where necessary, the Lafayette CCCS provides debt management plans with can assist an over-obligated family or individual to repay their outstanding bills. Learn more on credit card programs. They may even be able to provide foreclosure counseling and mortgage assistance. 337-406-5635.

Senior citizens and elderly assistance programs in Lafayette Parish

Call the Cajun Area Agency On Aging, Inc. (phone 337-572-8940) for information and access to resources and services for senior citizens. They provide a wide variety of programs and services for seniors, including the following. 1) Advocacy 2) Information and Referral 3) Counseling 4) Legal information 5) Long Term Care Ombudsman 6) Transportation  7) Health facilitation 8) Recreation 9) Information and Assistance 10) Wellness 11) Prescription Drug Assistance - LA SenioRx Program 12) Visiting & telephone reassurance 13) Outreach 14)Education/training 15) Medication Management 16) Project Care 17) Caregiver services 18) Long Term Care Resource Center 19) Homemaker.





Housing, rent, and homeless assistance

Acadiana Outreach Center offers the following Celebration Center, Job Opportunity & Training Center, The Well, Naomi House, Joshua House, TransForm. The various programs help those who are currently homeless or facing an eviction. 337-237-7618

By Jon McNamara

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