The state of Louisiana has a population of 4.65 million with a poverty rate of poverty rate of over 19%, which is one of the highest in the country. The poverty rate among children is even higher at 27.6% percent. This means that there are about 900 000 Louisiana citizens living in a state of poverty. Many single parents, families, and individuals struggle to provide for the basic necessities that their family needs. Fortunately, there are many assistance programs available throughout Louisiana. This guide will list and explain all the assistance programs available throughout the state of Louisiana.
Financial Assistance in Louisiana
Many families are in need of financial assistance throughout the state, with any sort of financial help making a big difference. There are some financial assistance programs that are very useful for Louisiana residents.
Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
The Louisiana FITAP program provides cash assistance to families with children to help them with their basic expenses and bills. This program also provides job preparation and training to parents, to help them fine tune their skills to help find better employment with better pay.
To qualify for this program you must be of very low income and have a child under the age of 19 living in your household. For more information, including income limits and how to apply check out the Louisiana FITAP program website.
Louisiana Unemployment Insurance Program
The Louisiana UI program provides financial relief to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. You will receive financial payments on a weekly basis meant to be used to help you pay for basic expenses and bills. The amount you will receive depends on how much you made with your employer.
To learn more about the program, and to apply check out the Louisiana UI webpage.
Food Assistance in Louisiana
If you are struggling to put adequate food on the table for your family there are definitely some useful food assistance programs available in Louisiana.
Louisiana Supplental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Louisiana SNAP program helps low income single parents and families with food costs. The program helps families purchase foods through an a card call a Louisiana Purchase card which functions similarly to a debit card. When you are ready to check out with your groceries, simply swipe the card when checking out. The card is reloaded with additional funds on a monthly basis. The amount you will receive on your card is based on your income in relation to the number of people living in your household.
To qualify for this program you must be a legal resident of Louisiana and be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To take a look at the income requirements and to apply check out the Louisiana SNAP webpage.
Louisiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program
The Louisiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program provides children of low income families with free or low cost breakfasts’ and lunches while they are at school. Your income will depend on whether or not the meals are free or low cost.
To qualify for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To apply you must contact the school that your children attends. To learn more bout this program you can visit the Louisiana webpage on school nutrition.
Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Louisiana WIC program provides numerous nutritious foods, nutrition advice, as well as health care advice for pregnant, postpartum women, and their children up to age 5. In order to be eligible for this program you must be considered of low income, and be deemed at a nutritional risk by a health care provider.
To be eligible for this program you must meet the income requirements. To apply for this program you must contact the WIC office nearest your location. You can use this Louisiana WIC Office Locator to find the office nearest you.
Louisiana Food Banks
If all else fails and you really need food for you and your family, there are always food banks available. There are several food banks located throughout Louisiana. The food provided is free and nutritious. Check out the Louisiana Food Bank Association webpage to locate the food banks in your area of the state.
Medical Assistance in Louisiana
Medical costs are very high, making it difficult for those who need healthcare to get the care they need. Fortunately, Louisiana has a good Medicaid system available.
Louisiana Medicaid Program
The Louisiana Medicaid Program provides free health care services to low income families across the state of Louisiana. It covers the cost of a variety of health related expenses such as:
- doctor’s visits
- prescription drugs
- lab tests and X-rays ordered by doctors
- hospital care
- eye care
- dental care
Depending on you and your family’s specific situation, not all services will necessarily be covered, or some services might require co-pay. Eligibility for Medicaid is strongly based on your income levels in relation to your age group, if you have children, number of people in your household etc. To learn more about Medicaid check out the Louisiana Medicaid website.
Louisiana LaCHIP Program
The Louisiana LaCHIP program provides health care to children who do not qualify for medical assistance under any other program. This program covers all the services as the regular Medicaid program. It is a lot easier for children to qualify under the LaCHIP program, as the income limits are a lot lower. To learn more and to apply check out the Louisiana LaCHIP website.
Child Care Assistance in Louisiana
Many low income single parents and families simply cannot afford the proper child care that their child needs. Some parents even stay home to care for their child and cannot work. Fortunately there are some useful child care assistance programs available.
Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program
This program helps low income families pay for their child care costs. If you qualify you will only have to pay a portion of the child care costs, similar to co-pay. To be eligible for this program the parent must either be in school, working, or participating in job training so they can look for employment. To qualify you have to be of low income and conduct an interview. To learn more about this useful program check out the Louisiana Child Care webpage.
Head Start Program
This program will provide child care in a learning environment for children ages 0-5 to help enhance their emotional, cognitive, and social development to better prepare them for school. This program is only available to low income families. To check out the income requirements and to learn more, check out the Louisiana Head Start website.
Housing Assistance in Louisiana
Housing and rental costs can be expensive making it difficult for low income single parents and families to keep up with payments. Fortunately, there are many useful housing and rental assistance programs available in Louisiana.
Louisiana Low Income Housing Assistance Program
The Louisiana Low Income Housing program provides rental assistance to low income single parents and families throughout Louisiana. This program places you in living arrangements owned by local Housing Agencies. The living arrangements are usually in apartments, however it can also be houses or condos. You will get to pay reduced rent in housing that is always safe and sanitary. The eligibility for this program is based on your income and family size.
In order to apply you must contact your local Housing Agency. This list of Louisiana Housing Agencies provides an in depth list of all the Housing Agencies located across the state of Louisiana. Once you find the Housing Agency in your area, you can contact them to find out the specific income guidelines required, as well as any details or questions you might have about the program.
Louisiana Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Louisiana Housing Choice Voucher Program is somewhat similar to the Low Income Housing Program as it is also managed by the local Housing Agencies. This program allows you to choose your own living place rather then live in a pre determined living space in the low income public housing program. This program provides direct payments to your landlord, which pays a good portion of your rent payment with you paying the remaining portion of the rent. Many times you will only have to pay 30% to 40% of your total rent payment.
To apply for this program you must contact the local Housing Agency in your area of Louisiana. This list of Louisiana Housing Agencies will help you find the Housing Agency in your area.
Louisiana Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Louisiana LIHEAP program provides low income single parents and families with financial assistance by paying for a portion of the energy costs and bills. To qualify for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. If you are receiving SNAP benefits or FITAP program, you can be automatically eligible for this program. To learn more and to apply check out the Louisiana LIHEAP webpage.
Louisiana Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Louisiana WAP program helps the homes of low income families become more energy efficient, resulting in lower energy bills. The WAP program will also repair your A/C unit and anything else your home needs in order to be more energy efficient. You must meet the program’s income requirements in order to qualify. To learn more about this program check out the Louisiana WAP program webpage.
Louisiana First Time Home Buyer Programs
The state of Louisiana has a variety of first time home buyer programs available that features individual programs on down payment and closing cost assistance, as well affordable interest rate mortgages. This Louisiana First Time Home Buyer Website list and explains all the programs available in your area of the state, as well how to apply.
Transportation Assistance in Louisiana
Transportation can be expensive for the low income, especially if you use taxis on a frequent basis. Thera are some cheaper alternatives to taxis available as well as some free transportation as well.
Louisiana Medical Transportation Programs
The state of Louisiana features free medical transportation that will take you to doctors appointments, treatments, tests and more. These services are free of charge if you are enrolled under Medicaid or the LaCHIP program. To learn more and to locate the free transportation in your area check out the Louisiana Medical Transportation webpage.
Taxi fares can be really high making transportation to expensive for many. Using Uber or Lyft offers a more affordable option, as individuals drive people where they need to be in their own vehicles. It is very safe, you can’t go wrong using this services. You can save a lot of money using Uber or Lyft over taxis, so keep this in mind next time you think of taking a cab.
Legal Assistance in Louisiana
Legal costs are very expensive making it very difficult for the low income to get legal help and advice when they really need it. There are some discounted and even free legal advice and programs available in Louisiana.
Louisiana Law Help Organization
The Louisiana law help organization provides and lists many forms of legal help and assistance located throughout the state of Louisiana. There are many kinds of legal legal services provided helping with issues such as, domestic violence, immigration issues, employment issues, evictions, family law and much more. To be eligible for many of these services you must be considered low income. Visit the Louisiana Law Help Organization webpage to learn more and to locate the free/discounted legal services in your area of the state.
If you are in a difficult situation refer to this guide as often as you need as it outlines all the programs available. If you are of low income you will have no problem qualifying for a majority of these programs. This is especially the case if you are single parent, remember there is always help available.
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