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Financial assistance programs Louisiana

Find how to get grants and financial assistance in all cities and parishes listed below, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Funds can help pay rent or housing expenses, cover groceries bills as well as medical needs. Also find where to get free stuff as well as financial help for paying utility or electric bills from government programs or charities.

Operation Round-Up
Several utility companies are part of this organization and participate in the program. Grants are available for needy families and individuals and they can provide assistance with a wide variety of needs. For example, prescription medications, eyeglasses, artificial limbs, medical care and bills, wheelchairs, ramps or other handicap renovations are examples of the grants awarded each month. However, please note that no utility bills are paid through this program. Call your utility company and ask about Operation Round Up.

The government assistance program provides children up to the age of 19 that have no health insurance with help with medical bills and health care expenses. There are no premiums, enrollment fees, or co-payments. 1-877-252-2447

Louisiana SenioRx
Louisiana SenioRx will assist seniors with finding patient/free medications from pharmaceutical assistance programs (PAPs). 1-877-340-9100

Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance
There are several HUD approved housing and foreclosure agencies in Louisiana that can help homeowners deal with a foreclosure filing. Many of the counseling services they provide are offered at no cost. Find how to get back on track with paying your mortgage. Learn more on Louisiana free HUD counseling.

Free Medical Care
Learn how to get free medical and/or dental care from free or low cost community clinics as well as health care centers. Click here to get a list of, and phone numbers for, most of the clinics and facilities. Locate free community clinics in Louisiana.




Families in Louisiana who lack insurance can receive government medical care as well. Several programs can address pre-existing conditions, offer prescription medications, tests, and medical bill assistance to residents who would otherwise go without health care. Read Louisiana uninsured health care.

Free Food from Pantries and non-profit Food Banks
Find locations, phone numbers, and get information on food banks, soup kitchens and pantries. The charities can help the low income, elderly and others in Louisiana. Learn more on free food pantries in Louisiana.

Louisiana Dental Care
A few dozen clinics specialize in providing free or reduced priced dental care. People of all income can get help with cleanings and other needs. More on Louisiana free dental clinics.

Crisis Assistance and Social Services
Low income families with children, seniors, and disabled have access to a number of government assistance funded resources and emergency assistance programs. Get help with child care costs, energy bills, housing, medical assistance, and much more. Read more Louisiana public assistance.

There are cases in which families may need to borrow money to pay the bills. Short term loans, credit unions, banks, and other resources are available. Find details on unsecured personal loans to pay bills.

Day and Child Care in Louisiana
Receive limited amounts of government financial assistance and subsidies for paying child care expenses. The program is for parents that are employed or attending job training. Find more information on free daycare in Louisiana.

Free Legal Aid
Civil legal matters can be handled by a number of attorneys and law firms. Federal government grants are used in an effort to ensure low income families in Louisiana and the elderly can get the help and advice they need. Click here Louisiana free legal aid from lawyers.





Rental Assistance Vouchers in Louisiana
Some of the main programs are funded by HUD. Help may be available for the very low income as well as elderly or income qualified disabled residents. A portion of an applicants rent can be paid by section 8 and other Housing and Urban Development resources. Read more section 8 HUD in Louisiana.

Disability Benefit Programs
Louisiana offers financial aid and services for disabled residents. The resources are wide ranging and include home care, food, medical assistance, government assistance and family support. Also get information on the application process, including for government benefits such as SSDI. Learn more on disability help in Louisiana.

Emergency Assistance and Social Services
Several Salvation Army Family Centers operate across the state. The locations can provide the low income with help, including assistance with paying utility bills, food, rent, housing, medications, and other emergency aid. More Louisiana Salvation Army.

Special Needs Housing Solutions
Assistance is available for single parent or moms, the mentally or physically disabled, immigrants, and others with unusual circumstances. A Coalition has been established in Louisiana to provide low income housing as well as advocacy and direct financial help. Click Louisiana Homeless Coalition programs.

Utility Bill Assistance in Louisiana
A wide variety of programs can help families and individuals in Louisiana pay their monthly utility bills. Funds can also be available to prevent a disconnection of service. Most companies in Louisiana offer emergency financial assistance, cash grants, and free energy saving programs to their customers Learn more on Louisiana utility assistance programs.

Homeless Prevention and Eviction Assistance
Louisiana families that are facing eviction, or that lack housing, can get emergency help with paying their rent. Government grants can also be used to pay for security deposits. Other government and charity resources include transitional housing,  shelters, and legal support for the homeless. Read Louisiana eviction prevention and homeless assistance.

Employment Services and Government Grants
Non-profit community agencies offer low income families resources that range from job search assistance to government grants for paying rent and other basic needs. Receive case management, referrals, and other financial aid and counseling. Click here community action agencies in Louisiana.

Career centers provide the unemployed and people seeking new skills with assistance. Louisiana programs can coordinate training, offer job search assistance, referrals to local employers, and additional services to residents. More on Louisiana job programs.







Programs for Seniors and Older Adults
Louisiana residents who are 55 or older may be qualified for assistance programs for their needs. Examples include discounted medications, free food, job training, and more. The goal is to ensure seniors and the elderly get the help they need. Find your local Louisiana Agency on Aging office.

Assistance From Parishes in Louisiana

Acadia Parish (Crowley)

Ascension Parish (Donaldsonville)

Bossier County (Benton)

Caddo Parish

Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles)

DeSoto Parish (Mansfield)

East Feliciana Parish (Clinton)


East Baton Rouge Parish (Baton Rouge)

Iberia (New Iberia)

Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Davis (Jennings)

Lafayette Parish

Lafourche Parish

Livingston Parish





Orleans Parish (New Orleans)

Ouachita Parish (Monroe)

Rapides Parish (Alexandria)

St. Helena Parish (Greensburg)

St. Landry Parish (Opelousas)

St. Martin (Saint Martinville)

St. Mary Parish (Franklin)

St. Tammany Parish

Tangipahoa Parish (Amite)

Terrebonne Parish (Houma)

Vermillion Parish (Abbeville)

Washington Parish (Franklinton)

Webster Parish (Minden)

Louisiana Help With Paying Utility Bills

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Louisiana program, which is funded by the federal government, will provide assistance to residents with paying their cooling and heating bills. More on LIHEAP in Louisiana.

LIEAP Crisis Intervention Assistance
Assistance is provided to eligible individuals and families whose economic hardships or social concerns are compounded by a home cooling or heating energy crisis. A one time cash grant can be paid by this program to help with bills.





Louisiana Weatherization Assistance Program
When the house, apartment, or the dwelling unit determined eligible for aid, weatherization services are provided to the household. Weatherization services provided may include installing wall, attic, floor, duct, or pipe insulation; cleaning air conditioners; installing low-flow shower heads; installing energy efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs, improving clothes dryer operation; and replacing or repairing old refrigerator.


By Jon McNamara

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