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Financial Assistance/Utility Assistance

Catholic Services of Acadiana:  337-235-4972

Offers basic human services to individuals and families experiencing hunger, poverty, and homelessness in Acadiana

Monsignor Sigur Center:  337.235.4972 ext. 190

Offers resources for individuals and families in financial crisis. We serve both impoverished families and individuals, as well as people experiencing homelessness. Households facing an involuntary situational crisis can apply for financial assistance with utility bills, rent/mortgage, funeral expenses, bus fare, medical needs and rehousing assistance for people living in shelters and on the streets.

New Life Center:  337.948.3161

Located in Opelousas, provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and supportive services for up to 52 homeless women and their children each night. New Life Center also provides emergency and transitional housing for homeless female veterans, with our without children. Residents are provided with shelter and services for up to two years while working towards self-sufficiency. All residents participate in case management where they are assisted with applying for mainstream benefits, entering school, obtaining employment and permanent housing. It is located at 411 E Landry St., Opelousas, LA 70570 

 St. Joseph Shelter for Men: 337.233.6816 

Provides emergency shelter for up to 32 homeless men in a dormitory setting per night. Residents participate in case management where they are assisted with obtaining employment, applying for mainstream benefits and obtaining permanent housing. It is located at 425 St. John St., Lafayette, LA 70501

St. Michael Center for Veterans: 337.233.6816

The center is an emergency and transitional housing program for up to 20 homeless male veterans with supportive services, including substance abuse recovery, access to mainstream services, education, employment and housing placement, operating in conjunction with the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. It is located at 425 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501

St. Joseph Diner: 337.235.4972

Prepares and serves free lunch meals from 11:00 am - 11:50 am every day to anyone who is hungry.  St. Joseph Diner only requires that individuals seeking a meal treat each other, volunteers and staff with respect and dignity. Emergency food boxes are distributed to individuals in crisis who are accessing an emergency pantry for the first time. Visit the Volunteer Calendar to choose a day to come in and experience St. Joseph Diner. In addition to providing cost-effective fresh ingredients, the garden offers an opportunity for hands-on learning with community volunteers. The diner is located at 613 W. Simcoe, Lafayette, LA 70501

Stella Maris Center: 337.235.4972 ext. 193

The center is a hygiene facility that provides a place for homeless individuals to take a shower, use the restroom, do laundry, and take care of other basic hygiene needs. Through partnerships with other local organizations, Stella Maris Center connects homeless individuals with additional resources to assist them as they find a way to regain housing.  The center is located at 615 W. Simcoe Street, Lafayette, LA 70501

Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services: 1-888-524-3578

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps)

Provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Provides assistance to families to help pay for the child care needed in order to work, or attend school or training 

Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)

Provides temporary cash assistance to eligible low-income families who need assistance for children

Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP)

Provides cash assistance for eligible children who reside with qualified relatives other than parents 

      Child Support Enforcement Services

Provides parent locator and paternity establishment services, as well as assistance to establish and enforce child and/or medical upport orders and collection and distribution of child support payments

Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP)

LaCAP is a food assistance program for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Disch- De Clouet Social Service Center:   337-369-6384

A non-profit organization that serves the poor and needy of Iberia Parish with immediate assistance for critical and basic human needs.  Hours of Operation:  Monday –Thursday    They take the first 15 people when they open the doors at 9 a.m. and 1p.m. each day. 



Acadiana Legal Services:  337-237-4320

Our attorneys and paralegals provide advice and representation to low-income residents of the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, and Vernon.

Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court:  337-291-6400

City clerk’s office

Lafayette Drug Court:  337-291-5410

A specialized court designed to handle cases involving less serious drug- using offenders through a supervision treatment program. 

Adult Drug Court: 337-291-5410

Drug Court is a specialized court designed to handle cases involving less serious drug-using offenders through supervision a treatment program. The program includes frequent drug-testing, case management, substance abuse counseling, treatment, educational opportunities, judicial supervision and incremental rewards and punishment.

Juvenile Drug Court: 337-291-5410  

Our program is a unique partnership between the criminal justice system and treatment communities that provide adolescents an opportunity to lead crime-free, drug-free lives. 

Lafayette Parish Correctional Center:  337-236-5400

 The parish jail for Lafayette located in downtown Lafayette.

Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers:  337-237-4700

Provides free civil legal services for those who qualify financially.

Lafayette Probation and Parole:  337-262-5444

Protect public safety by providing for the investigation and supervision of adjudicated adult offenders through the enforcement of legal statutes.

Lafayette Traffic Court:  city 337-291-8720   parish 337-291-6370

The Traffic Department is responsible for the filing of all traffic citations. 

U.S. Office for Civil Rights: 1-800-368-1019

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in and receive services in all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, the Office for Civil Rights helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs.


Arc of Acadiana- Lafayette Parish:  337-234-7254

The Arc of Acadiana provides services for persons with developmental disabilities, helping tom provide them an opportunity to develop, participate and live life to their fullest potential.

Faith House: 337-232-8954

A private non-profit organization for survivors of domestic violence and their children.  The program consists of: a shelter, a non-residential program, a transitional housing program, a permanent supportive housing program, an outreach program, a 24-hour crisis line and a public education program.  

Family Promise of Acadiana: 337-233-3447

An organization providing shelter, meals and comprehensive support to families without homes. 

Freedom House: 337-408-3339

Drug addiction treatment center

Lafayette Low Income Housing: 337-233-1327

Low income housing listing service

J & K Hope Center: 337-334-4799

Housing and treatment for homeless men with alcohol/drug addiction and mental illness ( Dual Diagnoses). Other services offered include:  case management, life skills training, counseling, and transportation.

Lighthouse Shelter for Women: 337-289-9141

A women’s shelter where women and their families can stay up to six months and are supported and guided in rebuilding their lives back to self-sufficiency. Through The Outreach Center's comprehensive services, the Lighthouse works to provide positive outcomes for shelter residents.

Maison de Goodwill: 337-406-8500

Residential Community for senior citizens

Maison de Rayne: 337-334-0142

Residents must be age 18 or older, have a physical disability, and fall within HUD guidelines.

New Life Center: 337-948-3161

Emergency shelter and transitional housing for women and their children.  Residents are provided with shelter and services for up to two years while working towards self-sufficiency. All residents participate in case management where they are assisted with applying for mainstream benefits, entering school, obtaining employment and permanent housing. 

Opelousas Lighthouse Mission:  337-948-8865

A faith based emergency shelter and transitional living facility for men. 

Oxford Houses:  1-800-689-6411 or 504-430-8554

Sober living for men and women.

USDA Rural Development Programs: 337-262-6601

Affordable housing program to qualified applicants..

SMILE Family shelter: 337-234-3272

Provides shelter for families in need.

St. Joseph’s Men’s Shelter: 337-233-6816

Provides emergency shelter for up to 32 homeless men in a dormitory setting per night. Residents participate in case management where they are assisted with obtaining employment, applying for mainstream benefits and obtaining permanent housing.

St. Michael’s Center for Veterans: 337-233-6816

 An emergency and transitional housing program for up to 20 homeless male veterans with supportive services, including substance abuse recovery, access to mainstream services, education, employment and housing placement, operating in conjunction with the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.



Healing House: 337-234-0443

Provides support and education for grieving children, their caregivers and the Acadiana Community

Hospice of Acadiana: 337-232-1234

Is a local non-profit organization of compassionate, well-trained professionals, support staff, and volunteers who provide a comprehensive program of medical care, counseling, and spiritual direction to persons with life-threatening conditions and their families. 

St. Joseph Hospice: 337-233-1131

Provide peace, comfort and dignity to as many terminally ill patients and their families as possible.



Acadiana C.A.R.E.S.: 337-233-2437

The mission of Acadiana CARES is to address the issues associated with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and provide education and services for HIV prevention and care for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Services offered include:  case management, red ribbon medication assistance, oral health care, transportation assistance, financial assistance, food bank, housing opportunity, health insurance program, counseling, outreach activities, support groups, and prevention materials.


Healthcare/ Hospitals

Lafayette Community Health Clinic:  337-593-9208

A non-profit organization that provides quality outpatient health care for the eligible working uninsured and develops and provides programs to address community health care needs through collaborative partnerships.

Lafayette Health Unit:  337-262-5616

Provides quality outpatient healthcare for the eligible working uninsured.

Louisiana Medicaid and La Chip and Bayou Health program:  1-877-252-2447

Provides medical coverage for Louisiana residents who qualify

St. Bernadette’s Clinic: 337-470-3460

Services are coordinated through this clinic to provide chronic care, follow-up care of other illnesses and healthcare problems, dental care, eye care referrals, community pharmacy referrals for medication assistance and resources for other types of needs. 

University Hospital and Clinics: 337-261-6000

A full-service, acute care hospital

Tyler Mental Health: 337-262-4100

Offers a range of group counseling and treatment services for individuals and families who suffer from substance abuse. The center also provides medication and crisis management and psychiatric and psychological evaluation services. It offers a variety of mental health rehabilitation, day treatment and case management solutions.




Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service (CUPS): 337-234-4848

Staffed by volunteers and available by appointment only services offered include: clothing and household goods, community care, financial assistance, volunteer services, food and meals, and information and referrals.

ExtraMile Clothes Closet: 337-237-2090

Clients come to the clothes closet through referrals, and all clothing and other items are distributed free of charge.

Food Net: The Greater Acadiana: 337-232-3663

A non-profit food bank dedicated to providing food to those in Lafayette Parish who have a genuine need.

Goodwill: 337-261-5811

Provides clothing at a low cost

Hand Up Thrift (HUT): 337-704-4444

Thrift store that also accepts all donations (no big appliances)

Salvation Army: 337-235-2407

Services include a soup kitchen from 4-5 and an emergency homeless shelter for men.



Employment/Business Services

Goodwill Job Connection Center: 337-769-7650

An information and referral program that is a gateway to services for persons in search of employment and resources. Services include GED preparation, crisis assistance, and a work readiness program.

Lafayette Business and Career Solutions Center: 337-262-5601

Offer job search and resume assistance, evaluation of interests, skills and work preferences as well as providing labor market and demand job information.

Staffing Agencies:

Lofton Staffing Services:  337-269-0500

Denmar Staffing:  337-237-6043

LCL Staffing:  337-572-8367

Westaff Business Staffing Solutions:  337-993-5737

Link Staffing Service:  337-237-6331

Premier Staffing Inc.:  337-896-4140

Manpower:  337-431-7134

Spherion:  337-269-0508

Elwood Staffing:  337-235-2242

Offshore Services of Acadiana:  337-706-7800

Advantage Staffing:  337-237-4723

1st Choice Personnel:  337-269-6253

Labor Ready Inc.:  337-262-4890

Savard Staffing:  337-235-7707

Labor Finders:  337-593-0101



STOP Program: 337-236-5440

Sheriff's Tracking Offender Program (STOP) was designed for early identification of offenders' individual needs.  It also allows for placement of those in appropriate program.

Re-Entry Program: 337-231-6365

The Reentry Program includes intervention strategies that will help deter the recidivism of offenders

Transitional Work Program: 337-236-3901

The LPSO Transitional Work Program allows approved offenders an opportunity to work and provide for their families

Alternative Sentencing Program: 337-231-6365

A program hosted at the Community Corrections Campus that utilizes GPS offender tracking and Daily Reporting programs for offenders.


Substance Abuse:

Acadiana Recovery Center (ARC): 337-236-5446

Provides inpatient chemical dependency services for adults 18 years and older.  Methods of payment: cash, insurance or sliding scale fee.

Acadiana Recovery Center Out –Patient Services: 337-236-5446

Acadiana Addiction Center: 337-233-1111

Private pay or private insurance.  Outpatient counseling for chemical dependency, gambling, depression, anxiety, and marriage and family problems

Acadia Vermillion Hospital: 1-800-821-2567

Fees based on services provided. Inpatient/Outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment for adolescent males and females.

Al-Anon: 337-233-1626

Free services for family members of those who have a chemical dependency problem.  Meetings which share experiences, strength and hope.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 337-991-0830

Alcoholism Treatment Program

Alternative Outpatient Services: 337-234-0830

Outpatient substance abuse treatment. Special programs for DUI/DWI offenders and criminal justice clients.  Self payment and private health insurance.

Center for Psychiatric Solutions: 337-233-2400

Fees are based on services provided, outpatient psychiatric services.

Oceans Behavioral Hospital: 337-237-6444

Provides inpatient psychiatric care, and outpatient group therapy. 

Tyler Mental Health: 337-262-4100

Offers services that include family support services, crisis management, and day and psychosocial rehab.

Lafayette Addictive Disorders Clinic (LADAC): 337-289-8595

Sliding scale fees based on annual income and number of dependents. Provide assistance and treatment for alcohol, drug, and gambling abuse or addiction.

Lafayette Consolidated Government: 337-291-8200

Narcotics Anonymous: 337-406-1300

Free service for individuals with narcotics addiction.


Elderly Assistance:

Cajun Area Agency on Aging: 337-572-8940

Assists individuals 60 and older and disabled individuals 21 and older

Greenhouse: 337-291-5458

Activity Center for Seniors age 55 and older and disabled adults 21 and older in Lafayette area

Lafayette Council on Aging: 337-262-5990

Social Services Organization

Love Inc.: 337-981-6775

Volunteer based organization that aides with multiple needs of an individual  *Referral Preferred*

Rosehouse Health and Wellness Center: 337-291-5444

Physical and recreational activities for citizens 55 years or older

Eye Care America: www.eyecareamerica.org

Provides medical and surgical eye care to citizens 65 years or older or those without insurance and pre-existing conditions.

Social Security Administration: 1-888-619-4771

Social Security to those who are: worker who paid FICA taxes; worker who is retired, disabled, or spouse of a deceased worker; spouse, child or parent of worker.  Supplemental security to those who are: age 65, blind or disabled; limited income and resources.


Disabilities/ Special Needs:

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana: 337-234-6492

Offers vocational assessment, peer counseling, training in areas of Braille, keyboarding, orientation and mobility, home and personal management, computers and adaptive technology, job readiness training.

Families Helping Families: 337-984-3458

Assists individuals with disabilities and their families 

Goodwill of Acadiana: 337-261-5811

Provide services that help people with disabilities and disadvantaged to maintain competitive employment within the community

LARC: 337-984-6110

Provides early intervention, housing, and client development

Acadiana Area Human Services District Developmental Disability Office: 337-262-5610

Offers social, religious, recreational services, supportive counseling to persons with disabilities and families.  Services include courses for the deaf and blind, job readiness training and placement.


Abuse: Mental, Physical, or Sexual: 

Cadence of Acadiana: 337-593-8899

Case management for the elderly, MR/DD, EPSDT, infants through 3 years and children’s choice.

Family Violence Intervention Program: 337-232-2440

Assists families with domestic violence

Hearts of Hope: 337-269-1557 or 337-233-7273

Children’s advocacy center, sexual abuse response center and sexual assault

Safety Net for Abused Persons(SNAP): 337-367-7627

Domestic violence service providing safety and support to abused women and children

New Start Center: 337-394-8559

Domestic violence shelter



Youth Services/Parenting:

A Pregnancy Center and Clinic: 337-232-5509

Offers pregnancy test and counseling. Abortion alternatives. No charge

Big Brothers and Sisters of Acadiana: 337-269-0454

Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one on one relationships that change their lives for the better forever.

Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana: 337-268-9555

Mentoring, after-school programs and summer camps

Child Care Assistance: 1-888-524-3578

Provides a percentage of childcare expenses for working parents/guardians and those attending school

Juvenile Assessment Center: 337-231-6365

Provide continuous monitoring of the youth’s progress through a recommended course of action.

Leadership and Resiliency Program: 337-231-6365 ext. 4241

A mentoring intervention program that promotes student success and engagement, within the school environment, through relationship building and systematic use of data.    

Milestones: 337-231-6365 ext.4240

The Milestones Program addresses substance abuse issues of adolescents between the ages of 13-17. The program works to develop strategies to living a life without drugs.

Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Center: 337-291-7130

A low security correctional facility

Lafayette Teen Court: 337-232-5977

Program serves approximately 250 youth in the 15th Judicial District (Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion Parishes); providing anger management, life skills, parenting classes, truancy prevention and a summer workshop to the participants.

Volunteers of America: 337-234-5715

Provide life-changing services to abused and neglected children, early childhood education providers, low-income seniors, families in crisis, individuals living with mental illness, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS


Family Counseling:

Family Tree:  337-981-2180

Offers educational seminars, counseling services, lending library, divorce and separation issues, and transportation loans.



Lafayette Parish School Board: 337-521-7000

A public institution that provides elementary and secondary education. 

South Louisiana Community College: 337-521-9000

A public institution offering general education and associate degree programs.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette: 337-482-1000

A public institution of higher education offering Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.


Always call 911 for all Emergencies

Non-emergency numbers for area emergency and law enforcement

Medical and Fire

Acadian Ambulance:  337-291-1111
Lafayette Fire Department: 337-291-8701

Police Departments

Breaux Bridge: 337-332-2186
Broussard: 337-837-6259
Lafayette: 337-291-8600
Scott: 337-233-3715
St. Martinville: 337-394-2226
Youngsville: 337-856-5931
LA State Trooper: 337-262-5880

Sheriffs Offices:

Acadia Parish: 337-788-8700
Iberia Parish: 337-369-3711
Lafayette Parish: 337-232-9211
St. Landry Parish: 337-948-6516
St. Martin Parish: 337-394-3071
Vermillion Parish: 337-898-4414