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Rental assistance programs in Rapides Parish.

Several organizations focus on offering housing assistance, including help with rent or security deposits, in the Rapides Parish region. They combine government grants with loans or legal aid. There is financial aid for paying back rent, emergency homeless shelters, section 8 HUD vouchers and even security deposit or moving cost assistance. Find where to get one time or long term rental assistance in both the city of Alexandria as well as entire parish.

The funds (or other forms of assistance) can come in many forms. They include one or more of the following:

  • Free mediation or legal advice that is for landlord – tenants issues as well as housing discrimination.
  • Cash grants for paying any number of housing costs – rent, security deposits, utility or energy bills, storage expenses, and much more.
  • Long term support, ranging from case management to free debt/credit counseling, rent help from section 8 HUD vouchers and more.
  • Some of the non-profits may issue short term loans for housing costs in an effort to encourage self-sufficiency and financial discipline.

All of the rent assistance (as well as other support) is limited. Tenants, homeowners, and low to moderate income families in Rapides Parish are assisted on a first come and served basis.

CENLA Community Action Committee
Location is 2011 MacArthur Dr
Alexandria, LA 71301
Main phone number is (318) 314-3480 or 318-487-5478
This is the Rapides Parish community action agency. Their main goal is to fight poverty. As part of this, the CSBG Emergency Assistance Program may offer one time (short term) rent help or LIHEAP for paying utility bills. They also offer housing counseling, home buyer programs, money for assisting with rental costs, and much more.

Shepherd Center
The main address is 1400 Jackson St
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Telephone number - (318) 448-3752
Various churches are part of this organization. Emergency rent, utility, or security deposit assistance can be provided by one of the churches, synagogues, or other Rapides Parish religious organizations. General homeless prevention services are offered. All clients need to be able, and willing to, help themselves over the mid to long term.





Philadelphia Baptist Church
Main address is 722 Philadelphia Rd
Deville, LA 71328
For hours or information, dial (318) 442-0754

Alexandria Housing Authority
2558 Loblolly Lane
Alexandria, Louisiana 71306
Main number is (318) 442-8843
Several housing programs are run from the quasi government entity. They include the following. Very low income families, seniors, and the disabled may apply for HUD section 8 housing vouchers. Veterans and military members may receive rent help from HUD VASH (as well as other support including job programs). They also operate low income and public housing units in Rapides Parish. Read more on section 8 HUD vouchers in Louisiana.

The Salvation Army
620 Beauregard St.
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Main number is (318) 442-0445 or (318) 767-1711
Programs range from a homeless shelter to rent help, low cost furniture, and other support.

Acadiana Legal Services
620 Murray Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71309
Main number is 318-442-7281
Volunteer attorneys may give free legal advice around evictions, utility disconnections, and foreclosures.


By Jon McNamara

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