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Financial assistance programs in Louisiana

Find how to get grant money and financial assistance in all cities and parishes in Louisiana listed below, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Funds can help pay rent, utility bills or housing expenses, pay for food or groceries as well as medical needs. There are charities and government organizations that provide support to low income families, the elderly or disabled.

Many Louisiana families can get long term social services as well as emergency financial help for paying bills. Find where to get free stuff such as clothes or furniture as well as free vouchers to pay for gasoline costs or hotel rooms. Or locate government job training programs, free dental care, or car payment assistance in LA, as those are key to long term financial stability.

Get financial help for bills, free food, grant money or housing resources in Louisiana

The government assistance program provides children, teens, and children that up to the age of 19 with free or low cost health insurance. This government benefit can even help moderate income families in Louisiana - not just low-income ones. It can help households that that have no health insurance with paying their medical bills. There are no premiums, enrollment fees, or co-payments. Call 1-877-252-2447

Louisiana SenioRx
Louisiana SenioRx will assist seniors pay for prescription medications. It is a free discount program. The elderly can get financial help to pay for generic or brand name drugs. Call 1-877-340-9100, or read more on free medications from pharmaceutical assistance programs (PAPs).

TANF -  FITAP in Louisiana
This is the main government cash aid program. Very low income families can get government grant money (cash to help pay for basic living expenses, including housing, transportation, food, medical and more. TANF encourages family stability, and even pregnant women or single parents can apply. Call 1-888-524-3578.

Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance
There are several HUD approved housing and foreclosure agencies in Louisiana that can help homeowners deal with a foreclosure filing. Many of the counseling services they provide are offered at no cost. Find how to get back on track with paying your mortgage. Learn more on Louisiana free HUD counseling.




Free Medical Care
Learn how to get free medical and/or dental care from free or low cost community clinics as well as health care centers. Click here to get a list of, and phone numbers for, most of the clinics and facilities. Locate free community clinics in Louisiana.

Families in Louisiana who lack insurance can receive government medical care as well. Several programs can address pre-existing conditions, offer prescription medications, tests, and medical bill assistance to residents who would otherwise go without health care. Read Louisiana uninsured health care.

Free Food from Pantries and non-profit Food Banks
Find locations, phone numbers, and get information on food banks, soup kitchens and pantries. The charities can help the low income, elderly and others in Louisiana. Learn more on free food pantries in Louisiana.

Louisiana Dental Care
A few dozen clinics specialize in providing free or reduced priced dental care. People of all income can get help with cleanings and other needs. More on Louisiana free dental clinics.

Crisis Assistance and Social Services
Low income families with children, seniors, and disabled have access to a number of government assistance funded resources and emergency assistance programs. Get help with child care costs, energy bills, housing, medical assistance, SNAP food tamps, Medicaid and much more. Read more Louisiana public assistance.

There are cases in which families may need to borrow money to pay the bills. Short term loans, credit unions, banks, and other resources are available. Find details on unsecured personal loans to pay bills.

Day and Child Care in Louisiana
Receive limited amounts of government financial assistance and subsidies for paying child care expenses. The program is for parents that are employed or attending job training. Find more information on free daycare in Louisiana.

Free Legal Aid
Civil legal matters can be handled by a number of attorneys and law firms. Federal government grants are used in an effort to ensure low income families in Louisiana and the elderly can get the help and advice they need. Click here Louisiana free legal aid from lawyers.





Rental Assistance Vouchers in Louisiana
Some of the main programs are funded by HUD. Help may be available for the very low income as well as elderly or income qualified disabled residents. A portion of an applicants rent can be paid by section 8 and other Housing and Urban Development resources. Read more section 8 HUD in Louisiana.

Disability Benefit Programs
Louisiana offers financial aid and services for disabled residents. The resources are wide ranging and include home care, food, medical assistance, government assistance and family support. Also get information on the application process, including for government benefits such as SSDI. Learn more on disability help in Louisiana.

Emergency Assistance and Social Services
Several Salvation Army Family Centers operate across the state. The locations can provide the low income with help, including assistance with paying utility bills, food, rent, housing, medications, and other emergency aid. More Louisiana Salvation Army.

Special Needs Housing Solutions
Assistance is available for single parent or moms, the mentally or physically disabled, immigrants, and others with unusual circumstances. A Coalition has been established in Louisiana to provide low income housing as well as advocacy and direct financial help. Click Louisiana Homeless Coalition programs.

Utility Bill Assistance in Louisiana
A wide variety of programs can help families and individuals in Louisiana pay their monthly utility bills. Funds can also be available to prevent a disconnection of service. Most companies in Louisiana offer emergency financial assistance, cash grants, and free energy saving programs to their customers Learn more on Louisiana utility assistance programs.

Homeless Prevention and Eviction Assistance
Louisiana families that are facing eviction, or that lack housing, can get emergency help with paying their rent. Government grants can also be used to pay for security deposits. Other government and charity resources include transitional housing,  shelters, and legal support for the homeless. Read Louisiana eviction prevention and homeless assistance.

Employment Services and Government Grants
Non-profit community agencies offer low income families resources that range from job search assistance to government grants for paying rent and other basic needs. Receive case management, referrals, and other financial aid and counseling. Click here community action agencies in Louisiana.

Career centers provide the unemployed and people seeking new skills with assistance. Louisiana programs can coordinate training, offer job search assistance, referrals to local employers, and additional services to residents. More on Louisiana job programs.







Programs for Seniors and Older Adults
Louisiana residents who are 55 or older may be qualified for assistance programs for their needs. Examples include discounted medications, free food, job training, and more. The goal is to ensure seniors and the elderly get the help they need. Find your local Louisiana Agency on Aging office.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Louisiana program, which is funded by the federal government, will provide assistance to residents with paying their cooling, utility and heating bills. There are government grants, with priority to the elderly, disabled, or low-income homes with a financial crisis. It is often combined with free
Weatherization service.

This may include installing wall, attic, floor, duct, or pipe insulation; cleaning air conditioners; installing low-flow shower heads; installing energy efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs, improving clothes dryer operation; and replacing or repairing old refrigerator.More on LIHEAP in Louisiana.

Assistance From Parishes in Louisiana

There are local charities, financial assistance programs and government agencies too. Select a parish or city below. There are other grant programs, free items and more for struggling households.

Acadia Parish (Crowley)

Ascension Parish (Donaldsonville)

Bossier County (Benton)

Caddo Parish

Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles)

DeSoto Parish (Mansfield)

East Feliciana Parish (Clinton)

East Baton Rouge Parish (Baton Rouge)

Iberia (New Iberia)

Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Davis (Jennings)

Lafayette Parish

Lafourche Parish

Livingston Parish





Orleans Parish (New Orleans)

Ouachita Parish (Monroe)

Rapides Parish (Alexandria)

St. Helena Parish (Greensburg)

St. Landry Parish (Opelousas)

St. Martin (Saint Martinville)

St. Mary Parish (Franklin)

St. Tammany Parish

Tangipahoa Parish (Amite)

Terrebonne Parish (Houma)

Vermillion Parish (Abbeville)

Washington Parish (Franklinton)

Webster Parish (Minden)

By Jon McNamara

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