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Assistance programs Ouachita Parish.

Low income families can get financial help with bills or receive free stuff in Ouachita Parish. Find grant money that will help with rent, housing or utility/electric bills. Also locate free food, dental care or healthcare and other items in Monroe Louisiana and the parish. Churches, charities and the government provide support to the low-income, seniors or disabled. Get financial assistance near you in Ouachita Parish.

Clients will get emergency funds and social services. This include free debt or mortgage, job placement, and gas vouchers or a free car in Monroe LA. Or get free items for kids including school supplies, Christmas toys or clothes for both adults or children in Ouachita Parish.

Ouachita Parish grants from Community Action

LaSalle Community Action Association, Inc. administers federal government and state of Louisiana funded assistance programs. There are hardship grants for low-income families, single moms and the unemployed as well as long term support. The non-profit will help low income people become more self-sufficient at the same time as offering utility and cooling bill assistance or free groceries. There is also back rent, mortgage, and housing assistance, job placement  and preschool programs.

A number of other programs are available from the agency. Community action of Ouachita Parish may be able to offer qualified low income clients some or all of the following.

  • Housing resources - While the demand is high, there are section 8 vouchers and also Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) grants offered in Ouachita County.
  • Job training and education services, which include WIA job training and Head Start for children.
  • Emergency food and shelter - This is available in some years. It can provide funds to pay rent, utility bills, or food. The homeless may receive security deposit assistance or information on motel vouchers. Other support is available too.
  • Referrals to government benefits - Learn about SSDI disability, SNAP, Medicaid health insurance for people near poverty and other options.

The agency assists in whatever way they can, as resources allow. Phone (318)744-5445, or find more details on assistance from LaSalle Community Action Association.

 

 

 

Ouachita Multi-Purpose Community Action Program(OMCAP) is another option. This is the local non-profit agency. They offer the following programs.

  • Community Services - Includes referral and information on services that agencies, charities, and non-profits offer. Include info on health care programs such as blood pressure checks, glaucoma screening, self-defense classes, exercise classes, or organizing neighborhood watch. Or apply for free elderly activities, family planning counseling, or the volunteer income tax and preparation assistance.
  • Utility Bill Assistance- Access gas or electric bill assistance for low to moderate income individuals, elderly or handicapped people. Recipients must be residents of Monroe and/or Ouachita Parish Louisiana, they need to bring 3 previous months energy bills & certification of household  income before completing an application for the utility help.
  • Emergency Housing Assistance- This program provides help for the payment of rent or mortgage payments for clients who need support. There is also additional aid for those individuals who do not qualify for medical card or government benefits.
  • Prescription Payment Assistance - This aid is offered for low income persons patients and others by appointment only.
  • Housing, Foreclosure and Mortgage Counseling- Provides income counseling to HUD owners/renters. Foreclosure prevention also offered. A housing counselor will aid the recipient in communication with mortgage-holders and/or renters. Appointment is necessary to receive housing or foreclosure counseling, and a personal interview is also mandatory. Seminars with speakers from area banks/mortgage companies. Call them to learn more about Louisiana mortgage programs.
  • Medicaid and Government Health Insurance Program Enrollment- Assists individuals in applying for government insurance such as Medicaid. There is also information on Medicare as well as ACA insurance in Ouachita Parish.
  • Community Food & Nutrition Program- The community action agency runs a food pantry for emergency food and grocery needs for clients who are in process of qualifying for Food Stamps or government aid and who also need help for those who do not qualify for Food Stamps.
  • Income Tax Preparation - Receive free income tax returns. Find how to file income taxes for free.
  • First Time Home Buyers Program -Educational classes to help low-income people to purchase a home, including Monroe Louisiana borrowers with bad credit. Community Action will also  match funds up to a certain amount.
  • Transportation help - Low income families can learn about how to save money on gas using apps or rebates and get other solutions. Learn how to use a free gas app.
  • Individual Development Account(IDA) - Receive budgeting and debt help as well as matching savings.

 

 

 

 

Call the Ouachita Multi-Purpose Community Action Program at (318) 322-7151. The main office of the community action is 4001 Jackson St, Monroe, LA 71202.

Emergency financial help for utilities, housing, and free items in Monroe Louisiana area

Salvation Army - Center of Hope is faith based charity. The agency offers a Family Assistance Program, though resources are limited. There may be help for rent and utility bills for a crisis. Other support includes a Soup Kitchen and Free Food Pantry, Homeless Shelter Services as well as Emergency Lodging or other Housing programs. They also help homeless people in Monroe LA.

  • Seasonal services in Monroe and Ouachita Parish may include free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, Angel Tree Holiday Programs for free Christmas toys, school supplies, and more. They also help students with free snacks during the summer or camp as well. Dial (318)325-1755, or read Ouachita Parish Salvation Army assistance.

Christian Community Ministries, which is based in Monroe and Ouachita Parish Louisiana, offers numerous forms of financial help to low income and those in need. The assistance programs they offer include prescription and medications, clothing (which is given upon request) and free food or groceries. The charity will also help with employment needs as well, such as work attire or local transportation. The address is 322 Harrison St, Monroe, LA 71201. Call (318)325-8467, or click more Christian Community Ministries.

Rent relief and deposit money is offered. There are funds for an apartment as well as lot rent in Ouachita Parish. Many families struggling from time to time with housing. There are emergency rent and housing assistance programs along with long term support, such as section 8, in the parish and city of Monroe. Tenants, the homeless, working poor, and others may apply for grants or loans. Read more on rental assistance in Ouachita Parish.Financial help Ouachita Parish

The agencies listed above are just a sampling of what is available to low or moderate income families. One focus is on helping single mothers in the parish, as many struggling to pay the rent, get food, and provide other support for their kids. So many local and national charities work together to provide support, and find a list of rental assistance programs for single mothers.

Louisiana Baptist Childrens Home and Family Ministries has housing assistance, namely transitional housing for single people or families, including those with kids. The location is 7200 Desiard Street, Monroe, LA 71203. They also try to rehouse people, and for information call (318) 343-2244.

DSS/OFS Ouachita Parish Office has applications to public assistance and government benefits. They include SNAP food stamps, Family Independence Temporary Assistance or TANF as well as child care help. They assist seniors on social security, disabled individuals and help with unemployment and job training. The office is at 1306 N 19th St, Monroe, LA 71201. Call (318) 362-5333, including for information on day care help. Or learn more on how to get CCAP child care help in Louisiana.

Free clinics in Louisiana and Monroe give health and medical care, including to people with no insurance. There are OBGYN, general practitioners, physicals, free medications and other care, including for women’s health issues. Locate a free OBGYN in Louisiana.

Senior citizens often struggle in Louisiana. The cost of medications, housing, food, medical equipment, and other bills can cause stress and/or financial hardship. There are resources offered, many from the Agency on Aging centers. There are many other options too, including senior citizen assistance programs in Louisiana.

Free food assistance

Call any of the following for food and access to a pantry. Bethel Church of God in Christ (call (318)322-7446 or the location is 1800 Parkview Dr, Monroe, LA 71202). There is also the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church (call (318)323-0238, address 201 S 9th St, West Monroe, LA 71292)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many other food pantries and resources in the parish as well as city of Monroe. Most of them are run by charities or churches, and offer both support to struggling families. The assistance may include the following.

  • Clothing, furniture from a thrift store, diapers, and hygiene items.
  • Free food from a pantry, baby formula, and groceries.
  • Applications to benefits such as SNAP food stamps and other government grant programs.
  • Find the locations of Ouachita Parish food pantries.

 

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