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Assistance programs Rapides Parish and Alexandria.

The charities and government agencies listed below all offer financial help with bills, free items to low income families or other forms of support. There may be free grant money to pay a utility bill or funds for back rent in Rapides Parish. Or free food pantries serve meals and give out groceries or hygiene supplies. Locate financial assistance programs near you in the Rapides Parish area.

There are also clinics that provide free medical or dental care in Alexandria, free gas cards for a job interview and more. Low income tenants and homeowners can also get free mortgage or foreclosure counseling as well as eviction defense services for housing. There is also free debt advice from a non-profit in Rapides Parish, transportation, job training programs, free lawyer consultations near you and many other forms of financial aid.

Financial help for utility costs, rent, food and medical needs

Households impacted by HIV or AIDS, or their family members, can contact CLASS, or Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services. This non-profit is based in Alexandria and is part of the nationwide organization that provides support to individuals or their immediate family members.

They work to prevent the spread of this condition, and also offer short term support. The agency can offer applications to HOWPA grants for rent or utility bills, coordinate programs for prescription medications, ensure clients are given the food they need, and much more. There are vouchers to pay for medications or gasoline for medical travel. Call (318) 442-1010. The address is 1785 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301.

Shepherd Center – The faith based charity is made up of  synagogues, churches, and other groups. Volunteers and staff provide help to the low income in Rapides Parish from many programs, such as the following.

As a last resort, clients can contact the charity to seek financial help or a grant for their utility or air conditioning bills. There are also grants for limited rental assistance and employment expenses, such as transportation and counseling. The Shepherd Center may also have discounted prescription medications and referrals to loan programs from local credit unions or government social services. The location is at 1400 Jackson Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301, or call the church group at (318) 448-3752.

Alexandria Public Housing Authority (phone (318) 442-8843) provides housing help, namely income based section 8 vouchers. There is also information on supportive housing for seniors, home-buying services, and referrals to shelters. This HUD supported program can help address housing needs. There are rent subsidized, no wait list apartments for the low-income, seniors, disabled people and veterans in Rapides Parish too. The address is 2558 Loblolly Ln, Alexandria, LA 71303. Find more details on Louisiana section 8 vouchers.

 

 

 

Rapides Parish Office of Family Support can help very low income families apply for public assistance or government benefits. Whether it is a cash grant or free health care from Medicaid assistance is available. Examples include TANF for paying bills and basic needs, Medicaid, food stamps, child care vouchers, applications to SSI, and other aid. The office is at 900 Murray St, Alexandria, LA 71301. Phone: (318) 487-5227.

Cenla Community Action Committee is for those in poverty or the unemployed. The non-profit administers Head Start and LIHEAP utility bill programs, coordinates job training, runs grant programs, and much more. The goal is to break the cycle of homeless and poverty. They also arrange free legal services for the poor or elderly. More on free lawyer consultations.

A number of other assistance programs are offered. A goal is to help people break the cycle of poverty. Free job placement, budgeting and other care is arranged too. Address is 4008 Parliament Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301. Phone (318) 487-5860.

Find free food – There are charities that help the low income and people struggling to buy groceries. Pantries may offer boxes of groceries. Or the staff at a center can refer the client to food stamps or WIC vouchers to buy formula. Other basic needs can be met by a pantry too. Read more about Rapides Parish food banks.

Rapides Station Community Ministries is a regional non-profit. Specialists help clients with debts they have, whether from credit card bills or medical costs. The counseling process may be free to very low income families and are HUD certified.

Clients can enroll into various services. Whether it is foreclosure help or information on debt management plans or bankruptcy, the non-profit can assistance. There is also free credit repair service for the low-income. The non-profit is at 1429 3rd St, Alexandria, LA 71301. Phone: (318) 487-9254

Lily of the Valley Ministries supports women in a crisis, including pregnant teens or single moms. They can learn about resources such as free diaper programs, food, and more. Or get free furniture for a new or single mom, cribs, car seat or formula too. Address is 3746 Government St, Alexandria, LA 71302, or dial (318) 442-4504.

 

 

 

 

New Bethel Community Missionary Baptist Church of Alexandria Louisiana supports families living in poverty and the disadvantaged. They offer outreach, a listening ear, and maybe basic needs. The community volunteers try to provide clothing or food to the hungry and address the root cause of the hardship from their center at 1807 Community Lane. Phone - (318) 443-7877.

Emergency rent help, short term housing, and other housing assistance is offered for low income families in Rapides Parish. If a tenant is facing eviction, or behind on utility bills, or if there is a homeless family, support can be found in the city of Alexandra and nearby area. More on housing as well as rental assistance in Rapides Parish.

Salvation Army Social services help the poor, less fortunate, and vulnerable in Rapides Parish. They provide free food, rent or utility bill help, school supplies or free holiday food baskets as well as Christmas toys. There is also a low cost thrift store for shopping, a ministry for counseling, and transitional housing programs too. Call (318) 442-0445. Or more on Salvation Army Rapides Parish assistance programs.

Legal Services of Central Louisiana is based in Alexandria. Call (318) 443-7281. Lawyers will help seniors and the low income with civil matters. The site can assist with applying for public aid such as disability or section 8, deal with income matters including illegal terminations, and help with evictions. They give free lawyer services to help people apply for SNAP, section 8, or disability lawyers as well. The pro-bono office is at 1808 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301.

Find free help at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether it is a free Christmas toy for a child or box of food for a family, charities help struggling families. There is holiday assistance for kids, single parents, the elderly and others. More on free holiday help in Rapides County.

Free medical or dental care from clinics

Community Health Works is both a pharmacy and non-profit clinic. It is in Alexandria and potential patients can dial (318) 767-9979. A sliding fee scale is in place for the under and uninsured by the government supported center. There may be medications, check ups, X-Rays, free women’s medical care, and referrals to specialists in Rapides Parish., including for people with no insurance or money. The free clinic is at 1543 McGinnis St, Alexandria, LA 71301.

Free dental implant programs are available in the parish and region. Senior citizenship, the disabled and people with no money can get either (1) a grant or (2) help from a charity volunteer dentist. A limited number of teeth are usually covered, and read more on dental implant grants near you.

 

 

 

 

Rapides Primary Health Care Center accepts government insurance (such as Medicaid or Medicare) and private insurance. Low cost medical or dental care may be provided along with comprehensive care to seniors, children, and the working poor. Call (318) 487-4400.

 

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