Lafayette Parish assistance programs.

Find where and how to get grants and loans for paying bills. Charities, non-profits, government assistance programs and churches help low income families with their rent, utility bills, and more. Also find free items, including food or meals, clothing, gasoline vouchers, Christmas toys, 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.

The agencies also generally focus on self-sufficiency as well as employment. Non-profits in Lafayette Parish as well as government centers participate. Everything from free school supplies to work at home jobs, side jobs, to free government job training services can help anyone in need.

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, and rental delinquency services. There is also free 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. There are 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 Christmas 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 or back to school supplies and applications for government grant assistance. Read Lafayette Salvation Army programs.

Loans can also be used in the parish to pay bills or housing costs. They should always be used as a last resort, only after all friends, family, charities, and government financial assistance programs have been explored. Even then, credit counseling may also help. But when needed, find details on payday short term loans.

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 more details Catholic Charities Lafayette Parish.

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 or soup kitchen. 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 free 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 daycare expenses for working parents/guardians. It is a state of Louisiana and federal government resources. The program will also also help those who may be attending school. Any type of child care payments are made directly to the provider. Dial 337-262-5111. Or learn more about free daycare in Louisiana.

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. Debt, including medical or loan loan services, are offered too. They are a local non-profit service that provides both credit counseling, debt assistance and budgeting advice. Or learn about auto loan help for borrowers with bad credit.

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 and also 19) Homemaker.





Housing, rent, and homeless assistance

In addition to the parish resources listed above, some focus solely on housing for tenants or the homeless. This is where the rent assistance and homeless shelters (and other support) come into play. Financial aid, legal aid, grants, and other resources may be offered. Find Lafayette Parish rent assistance.

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

By Jon McNamara

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