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Assistance programs St. Mary Parish Louisiana

Thousands of families across St. Mary Parish Louisiana apply for assistance every year. Charities, churches and government organizations direct low-income families to emergency rental assistance, grants for paying utility or electric bills, and free food from a pantry. These are just some of the programs available in the St. Mary region and find where to get financial help below.

Help for emergency needs and bills

St. Mary Outreach, Inc. focuses its programs on resolving a crisis situation. The center may be able to assist families and individuals that have an emergency need. There is financial help for those struggling due to unemployment, illness, or loss of income from reduction of work hours.

  • Services include rent and utility help. Or get free stuff include food, personal hygiene products, or basic household items. Other supplies include gently used clothing, free formula, Ensure, baby diapers. Referrals are offered too. The charity is at 608 First Street, Suite 102, Morgan City, Louisiana 70380, call (985) 385-0525

Emergency Aid Center, Inc. of Franklin is a United Way partner non-profit. The non-profit provides help with food, diapers, clothes, or free furniture and household items to low-income families. People can apply once every 6 months. There is also limited money for rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance when funds are available. Call (337) 828-0921

St. Mary Community Action Agency provides emergency assistance to senior citizens and low-income. They also help single moms and veterans in St. Mary Parish. Programs available are below.

  • Free food, grocery boxes and commodities - Low-income persons can get help from USDA Commodities. The non-profit also supplies nutritious meals to children during summer months when they are out of school.
  • Energy bill help - Weatherization helps low-income individuals conserve energy and save money. The federal government LIHEAP program assists elderly, low income, disabled and households with children with paying utility bills. Read more on Louisiana LIHEAP.




  • Rent help, housing, and homeless prevention - Case managers work to provide emergency rental assistance to low-income families or tenants facing eviction. They also rehouse currently homeless people. The St. Mary community action assists with temporary shelter, security deposit, utility service, and transportation to a shelter.
  • Emergency shelter provides housing for victims of natural disasters, fire, or floods. Transitional housing provides rent up to 24 months while in the process of self sufficiency, with women facing DV and seniors able to get an apartment.
  • Transportation for qualified individuals through programs such as Find Works Program, Welfare to Work or free vouchers. There are also rides to unemployment agencies, medical facilities, dialysis centers, Social Security offices, and OFS offices. These can provide cars and other forms of transportation to the working poor. Continue with free cars.
  • Government programs - Helps with applying for public assistance such as Medicaid, SNAP food stamps (LA Cafe) and Head Start, which provides comprehensive educational, nutritional, health, and social services to children.

Call or stop by the St. Mary Community Action Agency at 1407 Barrow St., Franklin, LA  70538. Phone (337) 828-5703

Council on Aging/St. Mary focuses on the elderly, seniors over the age of 60, and older adults. The agency provides the following services. There is free food such as home delivered and congregate meals or nutrition workshops. Seniors or the disabled can get public transportation, Homemaker services, or emergency utility bill assistance. There is also respite and a personal care attendant.

  • Services and activities of St. Mary Parish Council on Aging are open to Senior Citizens 60 years of age and older. People regardless of race, color or national origin can apply for help. The location is 613 Second Street Franklin, LA 70538 337-907-6310





UMCOR Sager Brown partners with the United Methodist Church. The charity offers free food for moms, seniors, and children. There help is offered from a federal government funded commodity supplemental food program that was created to provide free assistance to lower income (or single mothers) with babies up to 1 year old. There is also help for seniors. The program will give out food such as beans and peanut butter, canned milk, meat, fruits or vegetables, cereals, potatoes, or rice or pasta.

  • In addition, housing rehabilitation is offered for Franklin Louisiana and St. Mary parish residents. This can help the low-income who live in unsanitary housing or homes that are decaying. The non-profit is at 101 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, Louisiana 70514. Telephone (337) 923-6238

Teche Action Clinic is based at 1115 Weber St, Franklin, LA 70538. The medical center provides primary and preventive health care services to infants through adulthood. Get help with family planning, pediatrics, family health care, WIC and dental services. The clinic can coordinate diagnostic services using an on site pharmacy. They help the uninsured and poor in St. Mary Parish. Call (337) 828-2550, or read more on Louisiana medical clinics.

Lt. Zion Community Outreach is based 7814 LA-182, Franklin, LA 70538. The charity can provide the low income with food, used clothing, help for paying rent and utilities or prescriptions. Has information on referral to other agencies that may offer more resources, such as free gasoline vouchers. Call (337) 350-2030

Franklin Foundation Hospital may be able to provide sliding fee medical or dental care. There is also a women’s clinic on site. Staff may offer referrals to low cost medical care or other services such as prescription medications. Sliding fee services in St. Mary also include emergency dental and health care. Address is 1097 Northwest Boulevard, Franklin, Louisiana 70538. Call (337) 828-0760.


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