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St. Tammany Parish assistance programs.

Find how to get assistance with rent, mortgages, or security deposits as well as cash grants to pay electric or utility bills in St. Tammany Parish. Or get free groceries from food pantries, Christmas gifts for kids or clothes along with free medical or dental care. Charities, churches, and non-profits help low income families with those bills along with employment needs, debt counseling, short term loans and other services.

Government assistance is also available to low income families. There are applications to food stamps from social service office, low income section 8 or subsidized housing, medical care for uninsured residents, and other benefits. Non-profits, charities, and government agencies all partner together to assist the less fortunate in St. Tammany Parish.

Help for bills, finding a job, social services, and other aid

Catholic Charities supports individuals throughout southern Louisiana. They offer a host of programs and services to people who are in need of help. 504-523-3755

  • Employment services - They are a so called alternative staffing organization (ASO) that helps fill positions at local employers throughout the St. Tammany area, and southern Louisiana. They can help people find a job, or improve their career prospects.
  • Rental assistance and homeless programs - They run several housing and rent programs that both try to keep people in their homes, by providing rent help, and they also administer some programs that keep people off the streets in shelters and find permanent housing for them.

  • Financial assistance - From time to time they may be able to provide funds to help pay certain bills, such as utility bills, rent, or provide vouchers for prescription medicines.
  • Several other emergency programs and social services are administered. Click here Catholic Charities Southwest Louisiana.





Childcare services

East St. Tammany Rainbow is a non-profit agency that provides early childhood childcare services and education in the St. Tammany area to low to moderate income working families and residents. The child care programs focus on families with pre-school children. 985-646-0718.

Free low income legal aid in St. Tammany

Low income individuals can get free legal advice from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). The law firm runs a non-profit free legal aid / assistance program for low-income people across the region. They provide help with civil legal case, and not criminal law.

For example, receive legal help for such issues as foreclosures, housing evictions, delinquent rent, consumer debt issues, predatory mortgages, government programs, unemployment, and much more. Call them at (877) 521-6242, or click here for more information on free legal assistance.

Free food, groceries, supplies and food assistance programs

St Tammany Parish residents, as well as families and individuals in 23 other local parishes, can receive free food, groceries, and other nutritional resources from the Second Harvest Food Bank. The phone number is 504-734-1322. Food that is donated to the charity, as well as supplemental items that are acquired by purchases, are available for distribution to ensure nutritional balance. The food collected by the non-profit is distributed through over 240 local charities and member agencies.





Several other food banks, soup kitchens and charities also work to help the low income with their nutritional needs. Residents can call on pantries, soup kitchens, or apply for government aid such as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or SNAP food stamps. More on free food pantries in Saint Tammany Parish.

Cash grants for bills, housing payments, and other aid

St. Tammany Parish Community Action Agency is an agency that administers several different assistance programs to local individuals. Call them at (985) 893-3923. Or more information is as follows.

  • Emergency assistance and essential services - This assistance program provides emergency services and help with bills on an “as-need basis”. The services provided include, but are not limited, to the following: help with rent and mortgage payments, utility bill payment assistance, funds for prescription medication payments, and even individual counseling services.
  • Rent/Mortgage Payments - The St. Tammany Parish Department of Community Action provides mortgage or rental payments to homeowners and household who are in danger of becoming homeless through unforeseen circumstances, such as an eviction or foreclosure filing. Click here for additional mortgage assistance.
  • Emergency Food Bank - The program provides food on an emergency basis. The usual amount provided is less than $100 worth.
  • Utility assistance - Not only do they run the LIHEAP program, but the agency also provides emergency help to people to help them cope with the high costs of energy bills. They focus on people who are faced with a disconnection of their utility service.
  • Affordable housing - Gig economy workers, the low income, minorities and others in St. Tammany Parish often struggle to find housing, pay for it, and get applications approved. The community action agency can help. One option is section 8 housing in Louisiana, which is an income based program for the low income.
  • School supplies - For families with children who can’t afford their school supplies, the community action agency can provide them with supplies, uniforms, clothes, and other aid.
  • Weatherization - Qualified families can save hundreds of dollars per year on their utility bills from this free, federal government funded program.
  • Several other resources are run by the agency. If the parish and state of Louisiana government supported non-profit can’t meet your needs, then inquire into other financial support they may offer, such as loans or referrals to public grant programs. Read more St. Tammany Parish Community Action Association programs.




Capital Area Agency on Aging offers support services and resources for people who are aged 60 and older. Get information on government health care, housing, food programs, Meals on Wheels, and more. Call 504-922-2525 or reach them toll free at 800-833-9883.

Salvation Army Corp Centers provide basic needs and emergency financial aid in St. Tammany Parish. Resources range from free food to Christmas toys from Angel Tree and vouchers for medications. There may be financial help for rent or utilities, case management services, and meals for the homeless. Donations from the community may also provide school supplies to students. Or inquire into transitional housing, summer camps for kids, and other social services. Call (985) 871-4327, or click St. Tammany Parish Salvation Army assistance programs.

Urban League of Tammany and Orleans provides help to children, families, and seniors.  Regardless of race, the non-profit assists with housing and other self-sufficiency needs. Clients can receive emergency rent help to prevent an eviction in the form of a loan or grant. Funds for paying a security deposit may be arranged too. Landlord and homeowner counseling is also offered.

Staff can provide other services too. A main focus is on education and employment, so the Urban League operates a workforce development center in St. Tammany Parish and partners with local employers. Other aid is offered too. Read more on Urban League of New Orleans area assistance programs.

Long term self-sufficiency and stability services are available across the parish. As too many people need advice and tips on how to management money, pay down debts, or get on the “right” financial track. All across the parish are non-profits, attorneys, and other resources. Even find such help as credit card assistance programs for borrowers.

Saint Luke the Evangelist Church runs the Good Samaritan Ministry. They are located at 910 Cross Gates Boulevard, Slidell, Louisiana 70461. The charity offers various types of assistance including medications, rent, housing, utility, gasoline, bus tickets. Emergency food, school supplies, job finding assistance, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, and limited dental assistance may also be provided. Call 985-641-6421. Or find more Louisiana dental clinics.

Another location of the Samaritan Center is at 402 Girod Street, Mandeville, Louisiana 70448. This center serves residents of Mandeville or Lacombe in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana. Many of the same services as above are offered, and they can also offer other emergency aid, such as shelter or emergency grants. A focus is on those at risk if they do not get help, such as senior citizens or single parents. Call 985-626-4594, or find more Good Samaritan Ministry programs in St. Tammany.

Department of Children and Family Services arranges for families to have access to public aid. The parish will offer state and federal programs ranging from SNAP food stamps to LIHEAP energy bill help. Another valuable service is the Family Independence Temporary Assistance (FITAP) which is the primary cash aid resource for the county. More on St. Tammany Parish public assistance.





Christmas meals or free toys and holiday help in St. Tammany Parish is available from both non-profits and charities. The enrollment period is in the fall or summer, but for those that qualify, free items are given (such as toys, gift certificates, and food) to families and children. More on free Christmas assistance in St. Tammany.

Housing and rental assistance programs operate in the parish as well. Several non-profit and government organizations are focused on preventing homelessness, getting people settled into new homes, and assisting with rent payments. They may also administer federal government and state of Louisiana programs such as low income housing and/or section 8 vouchers. Read rent assistance St. Tammany Parish.


By Jon McNamara

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