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Louisiana eviction prevention and homeless assistance.

Low income families that are facing eviction can get help from the Emergency Solutions Grant program. It was created by the federal government and is run in partnership with the state of Louisiana and various non-profit, housing focused agencies listed below by parish. Financial assistance, including rent help, is available to families on the verge of eviction as well as the currently homeless.

While assistance is available for a number of issues, most of the resources are focused on low income families with children, seniors, the disabled, or even groups such as veterans. The crisis also needs to be unexpected and can't have been caused by the applicant.

Emergency financial help to stop homelessness in Louisiana

The program, also known as ESG, is often combined with the Continuum of Care. Both of them are focused on preventing homelessness in Louisiana. When combined together they may have financial aid, case management, as well as rehousing services available to qualified applicants. While all resources are very limited, some of the components of it are as follows.

  • Emergency, one time funds for paying back rent. This will only be for qualified low income families with an eviction notice.
  • Homeless individuals that are on a path to self-sufficiency can be placed into shelters or receive a grant to pay a security deposit on a low income apartment.
  • Free legal aid is offered in the form of landlord/tenant mediation or attorneys will provide information on the eviction process in Louisiana.
  • Housing or rental assistance may be offered for veterans, victims of domestic violence, or the disabled.
  • Homeowners in Louisiana may also get help. Assistance may be available for completing mortgage modifications or general counseling.

Any funds paid out may be done so in a somewhat shorter time frame. So this is intended to be an emergency program. While the non-profits will try to offer help in the form of a grant, in some cases a loan will be issued to otherwise qualified families or individuals. Regardless, any rental assistance or case management is only available to applicants that are facing imminent homelessness.




Applicants with a disability or mental condition can take part in behavioral health services, medical care, and other services. This is done as the client often needs to address other challenges if they are to find any long term, housing stability. Many other rent and eviction prevention programs are available for Louisiana tenants with a disability. They use vouchers from HUD in order to keep them funding. Locate housing assistance for the disabled.

Veterans in Louisiana can often get help from SSVF, or Supportive Services for Veteran Families. This is another federal government program that is focused on the housing needs of veterans and their immediate family members. Grants may be issued to pay rent, provide transitional housing, or cover the security deposit on a new home. Other components of this include case management. SSVF and the agencies that administer it do what they can to prevent the eviction of a veteran who has served our country.

Other housing and rehousing programs

Lower income tenants as well as homeowners often need an attorney or free legal aid. Maybe the eviction or foreclosure filing was illegal. Or the landlord sent an eviction letter for an issue other than missed rent, such as a noise disturbance. Attorneys in Louisiana also help stop homelessness, and can also mediate solutions with lenders (or landlords), represent people in housing court, and give free advice. More on free legal aid in Louisiana.

The Emergency Solutions Grant program will also provide other support services. Workshops are held on case management and self-sufficiency. This will include referrals to job training and placement services in Louisiana. Also, many of the agencies that offer rental assistance or other support coordinate resources among themselves. Staff will also advocate on behalf of the poor and low income in the state as well, as they try to ensure housing is available to people of all incomes, races, and ages.

As noted, the resources and number of people that can get helped is limited. All of the funds come from an annual grant from HUD, or the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The amount paid out to Louisiana will change every year, and some charities or non-profits may not even receive funds in a particular year. However, in most cases an organization will still try to refer residents to other rental assistance programs or solutions in their town or county.







Local Louisiana eviction, homeless prevention and security deposit help

A list of the major parishes, towns, and cities are below. Or find other resources at the bottom of the page. A number of government grants are available in Louisiana as well as loans, free legal aid from attorneys and more. Each is focused on stopping evictions and homelessness (including foreclosure and rehousing) in the state.

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New Orleans

Shreveport eviction and foreclosure help

Agencies for eviction and homeless assistance in Louisiana

Acadia Parish
PJ ASSIST Agency, 11 N. Parkerson Ave. Crowley, La. 70526, (337) 788-7550

Assumption Parish
PJ Project Hope

Beauregard Parish
June Jenkins Women's Shelter, 202 W 1st St, DeRidder, LA 70634, Telephone - (337) 238-4141. Victims of domestic violence, single moms, and other homeless or evicted women can get assistance. Shelter, referrals to programs for paying first months rent and other aid is available.

City of Alexandria
Shepherd Center Shelter, 1400 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA 71301, (318) 448-3752

City of Baton Rouge/ Parish of EBR

  • Capitol Area Alliance for the Homeless, 153 N 17th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Phone: (225) 388-5800
  • SSVDP - Bishop Ott Shelter 5621 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA, (225) 925-5255
  • VOA America House - Housing First, 933 Carolyn Sue Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815, (225) 928-9398. They offer information on emergency rental assistance to tenants facing eviction. Other solutions from VOA include help with placement into a new permanent home, and federal grants from ESG for the security deposit. Some homeless applicants may also be provided free motel vouchers while they wait for a shelter.

City of Bossier City

  • Providence House, 814 Cotton St, Shreveport, LA 71101, (318) 221-7887
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City of Kenner
Kenner Cares, Inc., 56 Woodlake Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065-1054

City of Hammond
Southeast Spouse Abuse, (985) 542-8384

City of New Iberia
Iberia Parish Homeless Shelter, 307 Robertson St, New Iberia, LA 70560, (337) 369- 9900

City of Lafayette

  • Acadiana Cares, 809 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Lafayette, LA 70501, (337) 233-2437
  • Acadiana Outreach Lighthouse, 625 N University Ave, Lafayette, LA 70506, (337) 237- 7618. Families, including veterans and the disabled, can receive help with addressing eviction notices and also learn about public aid that may help with unpaid rental expenses.
  • Faith House, 1453 W Willow St, Lafayette, LA 70506, (337) 232-8954
  • St. Joseph Facility
  • SMILE Community Action Agency, 501 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501, dial 337- 234-3272

City of Lake Charles

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  • Southwest Law Center, 1011 Lake Shore Dr #402, Lake Charles, LA 70601, (337) 436- 3308. Free legal aid is offered from this Louisiana non-profit firm for housing, eviction, and foreclosure challenges.

City of Monroe

  • Our House, 205 Smith Ave, Monroe, LA 71203, Phone: (318) 345-5556
  • The Wellspring Alliance for Families, (318) 807-6200

City of New Orleans

  • House of Ruth, 1111 Newton St, New Orleans, LA 70114, (504) 366-1235. The agency may have funds to pay a security deposit or other eviction assistance programs.
  • Community Service Center, 4000 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, (504) 897-6277. Homeless prevention services are offered to both working poor tenants and struggling homeowners.





City of Opelousas

  • Lafayette Catholic Services: New Life Center, 411 E Landry St, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337) 948-3161
  • Opelousas Lighthouse Mission, 704 W South St, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337) 948-8865
  • Faith House, 1453 W Willow St, Lafayette, LA 70506, (337) 232-8954

City of Ruston
D.A.R.T. of Lincoln, PO BOX 1223, Ruston, LA 71273-1223, (318) 513.9373

City of Shreveport

  • Centerpoint, 2121 Fairfield Ave #130, Shreveport, LA, (318) 227-2100
  • Providence House, 814 Cotton St, Shreveport, LA 71101, (318) 221-7887
  • Christian Services, 1244 Sprague St, Shreveport, LA 71101, (318) 221-4857
  • There are several other homeless prevention and rehousing programs in Caddo Parish.

City of Slidell
The Caring Center of Slidell, 020 Buccaran Dr, Slidell, LA 70458, Phone: (985) 646- 1368

DeSoto Parish Police Jury
Family Transitory Emergency Program

Iberia Parish Government
SMILE CAA Iberia Parish Homeless Shelter

Jefferson Parish Council

  • Way Makers Ministries
  • Metropolitan Battered Women's Program, P.O. Box 10775, Jefferson, LA 70181, 1-888- 411-1333
  • RHD Catholic Charities/Jefferson Cares. Regardless of religion, housing programs are provided. Case managers work with clients on locating and helping them move into low income apartments and applying for financial aid for a rental or utility deposit.

Livingston Parish
Women Outreaching Women, 26852 Louisiana 1032, Denham Springs, LA, (225) 665-9100

Many, Town of
Project Celebration, 580 W Main Street, Many, LA 71449

Parish of Ascension
Church United for Community Development

St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Parish Battered Women's Shelter

St. Mary Parish Government

  • Chez Hope, Inc., 745 Tetreau St, Thibodaux, LA 70301, (985) 449-1301
  • St. Mary Parish CAA, 330 Cardinal St, Morgan City, LA 70380, (985) 384-7446. Low income housing and other homeless resources are administered.





St. Tammany Parish Government
St. Tammany Community Action Agency, 1301 N Florida St, Covington, LA 70433, Phone: (985) 893-3923. The non-profit receives occasional funding from CSBG and private donations across Louisiana. Loans may be issued for paying housing expenses, and other support includes placement into transitional housing and landlord / tenant mediation to stop evictions.

Tangipahoa Parish Government
Tangipahoa Parish Development

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government

  • Beautiful Beginnings Center, 300 Bond St. Houma, LA 70361. (985) 580-8105
  • St James Parish Council Housing Program

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