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Free clothing closets, back to school supplies, and furniture banks in New Orleans.

Low income individuals and the homeless in New Orleans can get assistance, including free clothes, school supplies, furniture and household stuff from local non-profit clothing closets, thrift stores, or furniture banks. 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, furniture such as beds or couches 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. Or furniture banks provide free laptops, desks, or work items (including uniforms) to job-seekers in New Orleans. 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.

Apply for free stuff in Orleans Parish, including clothes or household items

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
The main location is at 1000 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113. Call (504) 523-3755
Whether free clothes, counseling, financial aid or referrals to educational or school supply drives the the parish, help is offered. They help the homeless in New Orleans get clothes, socks, underwear, and long term help. Or get free books, educational supplies, and uniforms for a job or school.

Saint Vincent DePaul Ozanam Inn
2239 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70119. 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. Phone - (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
Main address is 4500 South Claiborne Avenue. New Orleans LA 70125. Call (504) 899-4569
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. Or get backpacks, book bags, laptops and other school items. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in New Orleans.

Restoration Thrift
2025 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116. Phone - (504) 322-2643

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 Allen Toussaint Blvd, 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. Other furniture may also be offered, including some free goods. They also coordinate job training programs and may sell school supplies for students and distribute other household goods.

Grace Community at the Green Light
The Clothing Closet is at 1526 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113. Call 504 239 4544.
Get free basic needs, clothes, food and more. There may be some school supplies or backpacks for students from K-12 from very low income families or professional work attire. Get shoes, sneakers, and clothes for adults or kids.

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.

Free Furniture Banks in Orleans Parish
One option is the Resurrection Project, which has partners across New Orleans region. They give out furniture items such as appliances, tables, night stands, beds for kids, appliances and more. The formerly homeless, disabled, working poor, single moms and other low income households can all apply for help. For referrals, dial 211.

Dress for Success New Orleans
1700 Josephine Street, Suite 101, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113. Call 504-891-4337
They do not give out school clothes or supplies. Rather this is a national non-profit that helps people find and keep employment by offering clothes, counseling, and more. They partner with 50 other charities in the New Orleans region to help women get the professional work attire they need. 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.





Traveler's Aid Society of GNO Self-Help Employment Program
1530 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112. Call (504) 658-2944
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.

Junior League of New Orleans
4319 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70115. Call (504) 891-5845
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. They also help with free books, tablets, and other school supply items for students from age 3 to 18. People donate goods which are resold and proceeds go to pay for community resources and assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara


















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