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St. Mary Parish Louisiana assistance programs.

Thousands of families across St. Mary Parish Louisiana apply for crisis assistance every year. Many are seeking help for the very first time and may be struggling due to a job loss, medical emergency, or unexpected bill such as a car repair. Non-profits and government organizations can direct people to resources including emergency rental assistance, grants for paying utility and cooling bills, and food pantries. These are just some of the programs available in the St. Mary region.

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 due to unemployment, illness, or loss of income from reduction of work hours.

Services include rent and utility help, food, personal hygiene products, or basic household items. Other supplies include gently used clothing, free formula, Ensure, baby diapers. Referral are offered too. 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. Provides help with food, diapers, clothes, furniture and household items up to once every 6 months. Rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance when FEMA funds are available. (337) 828-0921

St. Mary Community Action Agency provides emergency assistance to senior citizens and low-income. Programs available are below.

Food and commodities - Low-income persons can get help from USDA Commodities, and 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. Read Louisiana LIHEAP.





Rent help, housing, and homeless prevention - Case managers work to provide emergency rental assistance to those facing eviction and currently homeless persons. Assists with temporary shelter, security deposit, utility service, meals, clothing for homeless families, medical bills, job referrals, and transportation. Housing counseling helps clients who request assistance with finding or dealing with shelter or housing needs, including eviction prevention. Emergency shelter provides emergency housing for victims of natural disasters, fire, or floods. Transitional housing provides rent up to 24 months while in the process of self sufficiency.

Transportation for qualified individuals through programs such as Find Works Program, Welfare to Work and Transportation to unemployment agencies, medical facilities, dialysis centers, Social Security offices, and OFS offices. These can provide cars and other forms of transportation to the needy. Continue with free cars.

Government programs - Helps with applying for public assistance such as Medicaid (financial assistance for medical bills), food stamps 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

Crowley Christian Care Center relies on contributions and donations. Can provide the needy 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. (337) 783-5811

Council on Aging/St. Mary focuses on the elderly, seniors, and older adults. The agency provides the following services. Food such as home delivered and congregate meals, nutrition,  public transportation, nutrition education, Homemaker services, wellness, visiting, utility bill assistance, 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. (337) 828-4100





UMCOR Sager Brown partners with the United Methodist Church. Offers food for moms, seniors, and children. Aid is offered from a federal government funded commodity supplemental food program that was created to provide free nutritious food to lower income mothers with babies up to 1 year old, senior citizens and children 13 months to 6 years old. At most once per month a month can receive a 40 pound food package containing food items such as beans and peanut butter, canned milk, meat, fruits or vegetables, cereals, fruit juices, potatoes, or rice or pasta. Seniors in St. Mary Parish who apply for this government must be 60 years or older. Housing rehabilitation is offered for Franklin Louisiana and St. Mary parish residents who live in unsanitary housing due to storm damage housing that is unsafe, unsecured, or homes that have undergone normal decay and people don’t have the money to pay for the cost of repairs. 101 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, Louisiana 70514. Telephone (337) 923-6238

Medical clinics and health centers

Teche Action Clinic - Provides primary and preventive health and medical care services to infants through adulthood. Assistance and services provided are family planning, pediatrics, family health care, WIC and dental services. The clinic can coordinate diagnostic services using an on site pharmacy and dental care. A sliding fee scale is available for uninsured patients with proof of income, which can offer them savings on their medical bills and prescription costs. Read more Louisiana clinics.

This is also an organization that accepts and process applications for the federal government WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) service. 1115 Weber Street, Franklin, LA  70538, call (337) 828-2550

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 which can be offered 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.



By Jon McNamara

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