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Salvation Army Louisiana financial assistance.

The Louisiana Salvation Army runs several emergency financial assistance and social service programs to help the low income meet the basic needs of daily life. Resources are limited, so priority is given to families with children, seniors, and the disabled. There is everything from rent, utility or mortgage assistance to free food, hot meals, school supplies in Louisiana and free Christmas gifts. Other social services are also run by the Salvation Army.

In other words those who are at most risk in Louisiana are prioritized for help. The various assistance programs offered by the centers listed below provide housing, food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance to pay rent and utilities, and more. Other services such as case management are provided, as well as necessities based on the individuals need.

Salvation Army housing and utility programs in Louisiana

The Transitional Housing Program is short term housing for families who were evicted and/or the currently homeless. Housing and the social services offered can provide families support, motivation and assist residents with obtaining permanent housing. Qualified residents for the short term transitional housing program are married couples with children or single mothers with children in Louisiana.

All residents of the state who use this program must be aggressively seeking employment at the same time. The Transitional Housing Program is also designed to provide a safe environment to families, and provides residents the ability to build trustworthiness through demonstrating dependability, accountability, and responsibility. Find additional details on transitional housing for the poor

Louisiana Salvation Army rental assistance - When funds are available, which is very limited, then rent may be paid due to a federal government FEMA gran or from donations that the Louisiana Salvation Army collects from the public. Rental programs have several conditions as noted here. Up to one month’s rent (not including late fees) may be paid to qualified clients only once every two years. Rent assistance is usually only offered twice per year. An extensive application process will be required too.




Electric bill assistance – Money for utility bills (including summer air conditioning expenses) may be paid out by the Louisiana Salvation Army only one time a year. Funds are only paid out to someone with a disconnection notice. All applicants will also need to provide information on any other financial assistance they may be receiving. Financial assistance may also be provided for gas bills too. Once again funds are only paid out to people with a shut off notice.

Additional financial support from Louisiana Social Service - Salvation Army resources

Transportation – On a very limited basis a volunteer may drive someone to a doctor appointment or a job interview in Louisiana. In some cases free gasoline or vouchers may be provided on a limited basis if the client needs gas for their car in order to make it to an interview.

Fire Victims who are referred by the American Red Cross can receive assistance with some appliances and furniture. Applicants must have an original form from the Red Cross in order to apply

Food assistance – A pantry and thrift store is available on site at most Salvation Army centers in Louisiana. In addition, the client may qualify to receive a food box up to one time within a 6 month period. The box may have fruits, vegetables, canned goods, or even baby formula, if applicable. Applicants will be required to provide any information on any other food or financial assistance that they may be receiving.

Free clothing or school supply items is offered. Applicants need to have a Social Security Number and picture Identification. Also the client may qualify to receive new or used clothing assistance only one time within a six- month period of time. Students, from Kindergarten to High School, can apply for free back to school supplies from the Salvation Army Everything from backpacks to laptops, shoes, pens, pencils and even hygiene supplies (such as free hair cuts for students) may be offered.





Holiday assistance and gifts – Programs around Thanksgiving and Christmas involve the community in a direct way. Resources from the Salvation Army can allow the low income to become personally involved by the agency sharing resources with those less fortunate in their community.

The various holiday programs in Louisiana provide gifts of toys and new clothing to thousands of lower income children who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas. As an example of some of the resources, children who are recipients of Angel Tree gifts are from families who have applied for Christmas assistance through the Social Services program of The Louisiana Salvation Army. Find other services that may provide free toys for Christmas.

Free case management services

Salvation Army counseling, also known as case management, will guide clients to programs that help them gain stability. Not only may more practical services be arranged, such as information on job training programs, but there are other debt counseling, educational and employment services in Louisiana. The Salvation Army is a resource for residents to use.

Seniors and the disabled in Louisiana can also get help from the Salvation Army. The list of programs above is available to them as well as help in finding benefits such as SNAP food stamps, Section 8 housing or apartments, disability and more. Case workers give guidelines on applying, help the vulnerable by answering questions and give other support. Or read about and find Section 8 housing and apartments in Louisiana.

Location of Salvation Army centers in Louisiana

The main Salvation Army social service programs and thrift stores (by parish/county) are listed below. Everything from emergency financial help to substance abuse programs, free seasonal items, food and more is offered. Or find even more Salvation Army centers in Louisiana that may be near you by scrolling below.







Address - 4220 Lee Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Store phone # 318-767-1711

3400 Jackson Street Suites B & C
Alexandria, Louisiana

4025 West Brookstown Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dial (225) 357-3267 for information and services.

7361 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Primary phone number is (225) 355-4483
In addition to this Baton Rogue Salvation center, there are several other in the Parish. Low income families facing a crisis can get food, housing, utility assistance, and referrals.

Houma Service Center & Family Store
1414 E. Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA 70363
Center Phone Number:  985-872-2436

Thibodaux Family Store
Main location is 924 Jackson Street
Dial 985-447-2930

Bossier Parish
The resources for members of the community include Social Services, a thrift store, financial aid, and referrals.

Morgan City Family Store
1014 8th Street
Call 985-702-0444

Main address is 212 6th Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
Call (337) 235-2407 to find social services, hours on the thrift store or case management.

Salvation Army main address is 3020 Legion Street
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Phone number - (337) 721-8068

Moss Bluff Thrift Store of Salvation Army
329 Hwy 378

Location is 3004 Gertsner Memorial Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Dial (337) 474-2554
People from the Lake Charles region can get assistance. The center also have information on other Salvation Army centers and programs in southwest Louisiana.





Jefferson Davis
The Salvation Army helps the poor, disadvantaged, children, and senior citizens. A number of social services are available, and continue with the center above.

Livingston Parish region
The Salvation Army center supports several towns in the region, including in Tangipahoa parish

Corps center location is 203 S. Main Street
Marksville, Louisiana
Main phone #318-253-0060

The Salvation Army Monroe Corps
Location of center is 105 Hart Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Call (318) 325-1755
Ouachita Parish families can seek shelter, hot meals, or financial support. In some cases, loans are issued for helping with bills or rent, but funds are limited. The charity may also have back to school supplies, senior care, and more.

Location is 4526 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
Telephone number is (504) 899-4569
Assistance is for the entire region, including Orleans, Jefferson, and nearby parishes.

Location is 200 E. Stoner
Shreveport, LA 71101
Office: 424-3200

Salvation Army corps center
Address - 147 Stoner
Shreveport, Louisiana
Telephone number - 226-1110
The center supports all of Caddo Parish.

St. Tammany Parish
The ministry has basic needs, such as a food pantry and thrift store, as well as referrals to grant programs. The unemployed, low income, and seniors are primary clients.

The low income can receive support, including shelter, food, basic needs (such as clothes and food) and other aid.

By Jon McNamara

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