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Webster Parish assistance programs.

A leading non-profit, the Webster Salvation Army, administers several emergency assistance programs and social services. Some of the programs include rent payment assistance when someone has an eviction notice. Another high demand request is for water, electric, or gas bill assistance when faced with shut off. The Salvation Army only pays up to $50.00 of electric/water/gas bills. The client needs to show proof that they can and will pay remainder of the bill. All aid depends on available funding.

Other Salvation Army resources include free food, groceries, and clothing vouchers. Household and furniture assistance and vouchers may be offered. Call the Webster Louisiana location at 225-355-4483 for more information or referrals.

The United Christian Assistance Program, Inc. (UCAP) is a partnership of local Christian churches in the Minden, Louisiana region, which is south Webster Parish area. The charity/non-profit can provide emergency prescription drugs, food, clothing (includes school uniforms), rent assistance, and emergency utility bill assistance when funds are available. Overnight shelter and other related services as deemed appropriate by trained counselors may also be provided. 204 Miller Street, Minden, Louisiana 71055, call (318) 377-6804.

There is a local Office of Community Services for Webster Parish that focuses on offering Children, Youth and Family Services. The programs offered by this government affiliated organization are provided without regard to a local family’s income, and services are extended and really intended for the protection and support of children. A list of them is below.

They can also coordinate social services for children, such as day care, as well as help for their parents. Family Services includes both social services and other aid in order to promote the safety of the children within the family unit as well as address problems of abuse/neglect.

The Webster office also determines whether families can qualify for federal government or public assistance. The Claiborne Parish Office of Family Support determines eligibility for public aid such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid and FITAP. Other government programs may be available for persons with financial need, including TANF or Medicaid. All applicants to this government organization will be asked about their household income, finances, and needs. Proof needs to be provided too. At most one application for cash assistance may be submitted for Food Stamps, FITAP, or similar aid.




Child Care Assistance can be facilitated by the Webster Parish Department of Social Services, and it is another resource available in order to help qualified parents pay the bills. This program can also indirectly assist parents as they can get support as they try to find a job. The amount of financial/child care assistance that a person is eligible for depends on their income and other factors. The state of Louisiana and the child care program only pays for a portion of the child care provider's actual bills and the parents still need to pay a portion too.

Food Stamps can help struggling, working poor, and low-income households in Webster County buy the food and groceries they need in order to obtain good health. While most decisions for aid are made within 30 days, expedited food stamp services are available for persons with a crisis.

A wide variety of other programs are offered in Louisiana. These include FEMA Emergency Rent Assistance; Employment Skills Training; Head Start; Family Home Day Care; HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance; FEMA Emergency Utility Assistance; LIHEAP and CSBG Emergency Utility Assistance; Food For Seniors; and Child & Adult Food Program.

Another public assistance program is the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP). It offers emergency financial aid for children in need because they are deprived of parental support by illness, death of a parent, or absence from the home. In order to be eligible for financial assistance from FITAP, one or both parents must be unemployed, absent, deceased, or disabled.





Adults who apply and clients must take part in a job training or educational project approved by the case manager. The main job program is FIND WORK, which can assist persons through job development, education, job skills training, job readiness activities, and placement. It includes employment support services. Eligibility for this program is limited to two years out of a five year period.

Medical bill assistance is offered in Webster Louisiana from the Medically Needy Program.

Transitional Assistance is available for former FITAP recipients who can’t get continued benefits because their earnings make the transition from welfare dependency to self sufficiency. As part of this, qualified low income or formerly homeless Webster parish families may qualify for a grant to pay a security deposit or loans for a portion of their rent. The state and federal government can provide Child Care assistance and Medicaid coverage.

The Office of Community Services is located at 1232 Sheppard Street, Minden, Louisiana, 71058-1076. Call (318) 371-3004. Not only do they administer the programs referenced above, but other government benefits and referrals are available to local charities and other resources. Click here more details.




By Jon McNamara














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