Rapides Parish assistance programs.

The charities and government assistance programs listed below may all offer financial help or other forms of support. There may be money to pay an energy bill or back rent. Or free food pantries serve meals and give out groceries. Or find mortgage or foreclosure counseling for housing needs, free debt advice from a non-profit in Rapides Parish, transportation, job training programs and many other forms of assistance.

Financial help for energy costs, rent, and medical needs

Households impacted by HIV or AIDS 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. Call (318) 442-1010.

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 aid for their utility or air conditioning bills. There is 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 aid. 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. Find more details on Louisiana section 8 vouchers.





Rapides Parish Office of Family Support can help very low income families apply for public aid. Whether it is a cash grant or health care, assistance is available. Examples include TANF for paying bills and basic needs, Medicaid, food stamps, child care vouchers, and other aid. The office is in Alexandria at 900 Murray Street and dial (318) 487-5110.

Cenla Community Action Committee is for those in poverty. 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. 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.

Additional social services in Rapides Parish

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rapides Parish 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.

Clients can enroll into various services. Whether it is foreclosure help or information on debt management plans or bankruptcy, the non-profit can assistance. Dial (337) 406-5635 for details.

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. Address is 1605 Murray Street, Alexandria, LA 71301, 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.

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.

Find 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.

Medical or dental care from community 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, and referrals to specialists in Rapides Parish.





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. (318) 487-4400.


By Jon McNamara

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