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Assistance programs in New Orleans and Orleans Parish.

Find how to get financial help from churches, charities, and DCFS in New Orleans parish. Agencies offer free food or vouchers for medications money to pay rent or utility bills, and other social services. There are also charities with free back to school supplies, gas vouchers, or free air conditioners or HVAC for low income households. Locate financial assistance near you in the New Orleans area.

Another focus is on giving free healthcare and dental services to the low income or uninsured. There are also free Christmas toys as well as gifts, water bill help, and food stamp applications. Some low-income families in New Orleans can also get a free car to get to work or job training. The organizations to apply at for emergency or long term financial assistance are below.

Find financial help from Community Action programs in New Orleans region

The New Orleans non-profit community action agency can provide emergency assistance, applications for government benefits, and self-sufficiency. While they offer several programs, some of the most relevant include energy bill assistance from LIHEAP, emergency rent help, food, and payments for water bills. There are also grant programs for summer AC bills as well as free air conditioners for the elderly or fans to cool a home. More on free air conditioners for low income households.

  • An employment center is located at Total Community Action, Inc. (phone 504 872-0334). The non-profit can help people find a job. They run a placement program, give counseling, as well as organize career fairs in Orleans parish. There are resources such as a list of remote and work from home jobs as well as gig opportunities. Staff can help guide people in their search for a new job.
  • New Orleans utility bill assistance is offered by community action. If you need help paying a utility bill, or just reducing the amount of your bill, the Total Community Action, Inc. runs the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as weatherization assistance program. They focus on the low income in the city.
    The program can do everything from making a direct cash payment to your utility company to pay an electric bill, up to installing free energy conserving improvements to a home. LIHEAP provides the cash, and weatherization offers free upgrades, such as insulation, glazing and repairing windows, and much more.




  • Energy Assistance - This is the name of an agency that manages the distribution of financial aid and cash grants for utility bill assistance to the elderly and disabled in the community. Dial 504-821-4121, or click here for additional assistance with paying utility bills.
  • Free supplies for employment - Community Action helps people get the stuff they need for work or an interview. This ranges from a free car or low cost vehicle to gas cards, work attire, computers, transportation and more.

Counselors also offer access to classes such as Financial Futures or they can enroll people into workforce development programs. The community action agency in Orleans Parish combines grant based aid with case management and long term solutions. More Total Community Action resources.

Emergency financial assistance to pay bills for the low income

The Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans runs several programs for individuals in need. All people can get help, regardless of religion. The resources offered include the following:

  • Housing and Emergency Shelters - If you are facing an eviction or are currently homeless, access multiple services and assistance programs, including rent help, housing and in some instances help for paying rent and security deposits. Gain access to rental assistance programs, counseling, and other support.
  • Head Start - Food, education, and other help provided for children. They also help low-income families as well as single mothers in Orleans Parish pay for day care, or get free child care. A focus is on single mothers, and get more details on single mom charities to get financial help.
  • Information and referrals - Counselors will work one on one with people in need to determine what best course of action they can follow to get short term help for bills, and become self-sufficient over the long term.

Call the New Orleans Catholic Charities agency at 504-523-3755. Or click here for more details on Catholic Charity New Orleans assistance programs.





Armstrong Family Services of New Orleans Louisiana (504-899-2995) - The agency offers rental and security deposit assistance. These funds may be available for families with children living in the parish that meet other criteria. Other services from AFS include an emergency shelter and case management. The charity, and its church partners, focus on preventing evictions. More on Orleans Parish Armstrong Family Services housing programs.

Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans provides rent and energy bill help from the Homelessness Prevention Program. This non-profit will only offer referrals at this time. However there can be information on everything from food to transitional housing programs. There is also information on free motel or hotel rooms.

  • They also have housing placement services, including into affordable homeless or apartments. Or use the Coordinated Entry or Self-Help Employment Program (SHEP). Phone 504-658-2944, or find more information on Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans programs.

Central City Housing Development Corporation is a HUD approved foreclosure counseling agency for New Orleans homeowners. They also help potential home buyers build their credit or get debt relief. Call 504-522-4273

Financial help in New OrleansHope House - This charity has been operating for over 50 years. It is a faith based organization that provides education services, clothing, free food, and more. They also have referrals to shelters and transitional housing in New Orleans. So emergency financial support may be issued as a grant, or some clients may receive a loan, to pay for utility bills, rent, or other housing expenses. The Hope House also offer Alternative High School diploma, a free computer lab and other support. Click here New Orleans Hope House.

New Orleans Council On Aging provides nutritional assistance, social services, referrals, and more to the disabled as well as residents over the age of 60. There is also help for retirees. Many resources are offered, even job opportunities for senior citizens.

  • Utility bill assistance is provided from the Power to Care Program. Free food and meals are offered at seniors centers and the home delivery Meals on Wheels program. Other services can help with Medicare or Medicaid questions, provide prescription assistance, senior job opportunities, and other short term assistance. The address is 2475 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana. Call (504) 821-4121, or read New Orleans Council on Aging.

Additional help is for seniors in Orleans Parish. If the services offered by NOCOA do not meet the needs of the senior citizen, they have other ways to get help. Whether it is housing or medications or free money from the government, the elderly and disabled are a focus of the state. Find more on Louisiana senior assistance.




Saint Vincent DePaul Emergency Services - Provides information on assistance programs offered by local churches. Services offered by churches can include emergency food, clothing and financial assistance for paying bills. The organization also runs a pharmacy that provides free medications that are donated by doctors and drug companies. Other self-sufficiency services are available in New Orleans. Dial 504-940-1904, or click here more information Society of St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Churches provide services. Regardless of where you live, many churches and religious organizations can help the needy and poor. Any assistance is usually very limited and only for people in the immediate neighborhood, but they are still a resource to call upon. Learn what programs churches may offer, or click here for examples of financial assistance from churches.

Urban League of Greater New Orleans ULGNO - The focus is on homeless prevention, education, and job training services. Low Income New Orleans families can explore emergency financial aid, including government grants, to pay rent, mortgage, or a security deposit. Other programs include Training to Work, referrals to other Louisiana non-profits and government benefits, and resource centers. Continue with New Orleans Urban League.

Orleans Parish Rescue Mission - Assistance includes shelter, case management, free meals, and employment assistance. The poor, homeless, veterans, and very low income in New Orleans are the main clients of the Rescue Mission.

  • They operate the largest shelter and short term housing program in the region. Social workers will also try to provide guests with clothing, information on services such as GED training, free personal hygiene items and access to transitional housing. Even ex-prisoners can get assistance. The Rescue Mission helps thousands of individuals per year. More details on New Orleans Rescue Mission services.

Free information on human and social services is available from a regional helpline. Callers can learn about charities and government aid, including, but not limited too.

  • Housing programs ranging from shelter to grants for rental costs or motel vouchers.
  • Sliding scale medical or free dental clinics in New Orleans.
  • Free seasonal services, such as school items, Thanksgiving meals, or presents for children.
  • Job training and placement, including vouchers for gasoline.
  • Families can learn about hundreds of other programs for the low income, disabled, single moms, and others. Read more New Orleans InfoLine.

UNITY is an organization that provides information and referrals. They are part of the Continuum of Care that focuses on stopping homelessness, and there is information on low income apartments from HousingLink, transitional housing, money for emergency rent help and other aid. More on UNITY programs.

Government and Public Benefits from DCFS are available, generally for the very low income and people faced with poverty. Programs ranging from cash assistance from FITAP to SNAP food stamps are available. There is also help for the disabled in New Orleans, and the departments is also a great place for referrals to job training or low income housing in the city and parish. More New Orleans public and government aid.





Low income housing in New Orleans is available. Programs include rapid rehousing, eviction prevention, emergency shelter, and transitional housing. Numerous resources are offered for low income families, including veterans and single mothers. Non-profits in the parish try to prevent homelessness. If that can be done, then get help in finding a new affordable home, case management, and other support. Read transitional housing in Orleans Parish.

Cash loans can be used for paying bills, whether pawn shop, payday, title or credit unions. This should be a last resort though. Expenses such as car repairs, college, work supplies, or long term income producing needs should be a priority. Only in a crisis should anything else be used for a loan, such as rent or electric. Read about how to get car title loans.

Help for water bills - Low income families and those facing a disconnection do have access to payment plans, extensions, and the so called Water Help Program. Community action agencies in the region may have more information and can process applications for the program. Several conditions need to be met by any New Orleans Louisiana resident that is applying. More on New Orleans Water Help Program.

St. Gabriel is located at 4700 Pineda St in New Orleans. While financial help is limited, there may be food or hot meals served. From time to time funds may be issued for cooling bills or rent, and vouchers can be passed out for goods such as clothing. Phone number is (504) 282-0296 or 504-286-0829.

Grace at the Green Light helps the homeless, recently evicted, and those who need a safe place to live. The charity is at 330 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. There are Care bags with free hygiene supplies, toiletries, or clothes. Or get a hot meal, including breakfast or other meals. They also pass out free water bottles to the homeless in New Orleans. Call 504 239 4544

Orleans Parish Salvation Army Centers are located across the city and region. The agency administers a wide range of social services and emergency assistance for the low income as well as the working poor. Limited amounts of financial assistance may be offered for rent, utility, and water bills when someone is faced with a crisis.

  • However most of the aid available in New Orleans is for other support. This includes free food, a homeless shelter, and transitional housing. Other Salvation Army resources include free Christmas meals, holiday support, and transportation assistance, such as bus passes or gasoline vouchers. There are also free back to school supply programs for students in New Orleans school. Learn more on Salvation Army New Orleans.







Renters assistance will help low-income or struggling tenants. To find some agencies and programs that focus on offer housing and rent help, find a listing of New Orleans rental assistance programs. There may be loans, security deposit or moving help, as well as other resources.

  • Tenants facing eviction, or the homeless, may be eligible for support from government funded grant programs. Financial aid may be offered for paying housing expenses (rent, utilities, deposits) as well as case management (credit repair, employment). Many resources are available, and find more New Orleans eviction assistance.

Free or low cost child care programs are available. Grace Child Center provides New Orleans families with high quality, top notch and affordable child care in a safe, nurturing, and bilingual (English/Spanish) environment. It is run from the Lutheran Church. Call 504-482-4994 or 504-488-6849.

  1. The state as well as federal government also give vouchers and support to low income as well as working parents to help them pay for daycare. There are free daycare vouchers for minorities, people in GED or ESL classes, job training programs and other situations. More on free child and daycare in Louisiana.

Free legal aid and lawyers in New Orleans cover civil issues. Receive access to free legal advice, consultations and other services from local attorneys. Many are part the non-profit Legal Aid Bureau. The non-profit law firm as well as the staff can be reached at (504) 524-0024. Additional numbers include 504-324-6706 or 504-529-1000. Assistance is available for eligible individuals with Road Home grant issues, people facing an eviction, and legal support for landlord / tenant disputes.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (phone number 504-529-1000 or 985-345-2130) offers several assistance programs. They also help with other civil issues. Free lawyers are available for low-income families in Orleans Parish. Find a free lawyer from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

  • Among other things, they help homeowners resolve disputes with mortgage companies and banks. In addition, services they provide can also focus on helping home owners access government and state programs that help to repair homes. Or get legal help creating a will, addressing unpaid child support, and other topics. Click here to find additional ways to get foreclosure and mortgage help.

Free items in Orleans Parish for low-income families

Programs for free clothing, furniture and basic needs may be offered by non-profit clothing centers and churches. While the locations mostly focus on offering basic needs (such as clothes, furniture, household goods or school supplies) to the less fortunate and low income in the New Orleans region, some may have money for living expenses. This can include gasoline vouchers, energy bills, food, or rent. Get more information on the New Orleans free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture.




Orleans Parish free holiday programs - Seniors, households with children, and other struggling New Orleans area families can receive free Christmas or Holiday meals and gifts. Non-profits as well as local businesses contribute to these programs in order to supply items such as food or small toys, especially to children. More on Christmas help in New Orleans.

Sample products are offered as well, with companies will to pay testers. Not only are the items free, but it is possible to make some extra cash by giving feed how to sample products and get paid for it. Learn how to sample products and get paid for it.

Medical assistance and free health care programs

If you have cancer and need help with your medical bills, or if you have other expenses that you need to get paid as you deal with your healthcare condition, the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans may be able to help. Any type of financial aid provided will depend on funding levels and grants that the agency receives.

  • The non-profit organization can assist with providing prescriptions and emergency assistance needs of uninsured cancer patients. Some of the assistance that is available to patients includes utility bill assistance, transportation to treatment, free gasoline vouchers and gas cards, cancer treatment, and much more. Click here to find more on cancer assistance programs, or call them at (504) 733-5539 or 1-800-624-2039.

If you access to dental services, Louisiana Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped is a program that works with volunteer dentists in the New Orleans community. The clinic as well as the volunteers provide discounted or free dental care for disabled and elderly residents in the area. Text them at 898-211.

Other community clinics in the area include Common Ground Health Clinic (504-361-9800), Daughters of Charity Health Center (dial (504) 207-3060), Edna Pilsbury Health Clinic (504-658-2825), and Family Health Center of New Orleans. 504-361-3777 All these clinics may be able to offer free or low cost medical care, medications, and information on ways to get help with medical bills. Click here for additional free health and community clinics in New Orleans.

Medical debt help, including consolidation services, will assist struggling patients. Many families across the region have expenses from past medical services. While the programs available at a local community clinic will not help with unpaid bills or fees, there are other methods to use to get caught up. Even learn how to consolidate medical bills.

Food pantry and free food in Orleans Parish

The Bogalusa Help Center (Food Bank) (phone number 985-735-6404) distributes boxes of groceries and free food to individuals and families who are in need of help throughout the Washington area. There are also some hot meals. The boxes that are provided include dried and canned goods along with toiletries and other household products.







Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is a non-profit agency that distributes food to local charities and distribution centers. They also partner with the USDA and soup kitchens in Orleans parish. The non-profit agency targets “food-insecure” populations and low income families that live in 23 parishes across Louisiana, including the Greater New Orleans area. They help feed almost 250,000 individuals each year. Call them at 504-734-1322 to learn where to pick up free food from.

Desire Area Community Council, Inc. (504-949-2781) and Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation (TCA) (phone 504-524-3484) also provide free food. Or learn about surplus commodities.

In addition to those centers below, the greater New Orleans and Jefferson Parish region is served by dozens of other charities, soup kitchens for meals and non-profit food banks. Tens of thousands of resident use their services every year. Get more information on these centers, including their addresses and phone numbers. Find a list of free food pantries in New Orleans.


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