New Orleans free clothing closets, back to school supplies, clothes and thrift stores.

Low income individuals and the homeless in New Orleans can get assistance, including free clothes, school supplies, and household items from local non-profit clothing closets and thrift stores. The number of resources offered is wide ranging and can change over time, but there are goods offered year round in Orleans Parish. However most locations will have free clothes (especially for work or school), basic household goods, back to school supplies, personal hygiene items and other support for the needy.

In addition to offering or selling qualified residents clothing, many locations also offer other services such as career counseling and job finding programs. Social workers do their best to break the cycle of poverty or homelessness in Orleans so that is a focus. Some special seasonal programs may be offered too such as back to school supplies for children or Christmas assistance.

Dress for Success New Orleans
4304 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Call 504-891-4337
This is a national non-profit that helps people find and keep employment by offering clothes, counseling, and more. The location can offer free professional attire (suits, dresses, etc.) and other tools that can help women thrive in the workplace and in life in general.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans - Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development
4626 Alcee Fortier Boulevard
New Orleans LA 70129
(504) 269-3969





Saint Vincent DePaul Ozanam Inn
843 Camp Street
New Orleans LA, 70130
Call 504-523-1184
Helps the low income and homeless in Greater New Orleans. Resources include a clothing program, personal hygiene items, free food and meals and more for women and children in the community. A job program, shelter, and vouchers for housing all may be offered too. They also help students by passing out free backpacks, school supplies, books, and more.

New Orleans Mission
1130 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans LA 70113
(504) 523-2116
A non-profit, faith based charity that distributes free clothing to indigent and homeless people. It can include shoes, linens, coats, and much more.

Salvation Army
4500 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans LA 70125
Programs include a clothing closet and thrift store. The center also provides food, medical prescriptions, household goods, Christmas assistance, and limited rent/mortgage payments. A fall back to school supply giveaway program is also held for kids from low income families in the summer or fall. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in New Orleans.





Junior League of New Orleans - Bloomin Deals Thrift Shop
4645 Freret Street
New Orleans LA 70115
The center has a wide selection of new and used adult and children's clothing and shoes, furniture, designer-label clothing, toys, house wares, books and much more. People donate goods which are resold and proceeds go to pay for community resources and assistance programs.

Bridge House Thrift Store
1160 Camp Street
New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Sells gently used goods to the general public in New Orleans. There is also furniture, couches, clothes for summer, shoes for students in school, and much more.

Goodwill Stores - New Orleans - Robert E. Lee
123 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans LA 70124
Telephone - (504) 286-1858
A few locations are open. Goodwill stores both sell and feature gently used and new items at reduced prices. They sell basic goods such as house wares, clothing and appliances, furniture and more. They also coordinate job training programs and may sell school supplies for students and distribute other household goods.

Covenant House Outreach Services
611 North Rampart Street
New Orleans LA, 70112
Call 504-584-1111
Provide the youth with food, free clothing, blankets, hygiene supplies, and referrals.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Particular Council of New Orleans
This is a catholic organization. It coordinates person-to-person service to the needy, working poor and suffering in society. Resources offered include shelter, food, furniture, clothing, indigent burial, household supplies, energy bill and rental assistance. They may also have prescription medications and holiday programs. All of this, and more, is provided to the poverty-stricken, unemployed, homeless, and elderly in the parish.





Office of Family Assistance
1630 Iberville Street Suite 1000
New Orleans LA, 70112
Call 504-361-6111
A formal application process is in place. However the agency may offer a number of services and programs to the needy in addition to clothing and basic needs. The STEP/ Strategies to Empower People Program coordinates job training, educational services, work clothing, school items and more that are intended to lead to employment and self-sufficiency.

They offer food stamps and a Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to pay for day/child care costs. TANF and other programs are offered. A key service is offering referrals to regional clothing centers and non-profits in the New Orleans region. More on public assistance in New Orleans.

Traveler's Aid Society of GNO Self-Help Employment Program
Po Box 314
Metairie Louisiana, 70004
Call 504-586-0010
Assistance programs provides the needy and unemployed with daily support groups where participants get bus tokens, obtain work clothing, learn job search skills, can pick up toiletries, get help with resume preparation, and more.


By Jon McNamara

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