Local agencies provide a range of services, including food, housing, health, and safety. Call 232-HELP or 211 to locate an organization near you.
- Find affordable rental housing near you. Lafayette Housing Authority
- Contact a housing counseling agency in your area by calling 800-569-4287.
- Find HIV/AIDS housing and services near you. Acadiana CARES
- Find assistance to avoid foreclosure near you or call the Making Home Affordable hotline 888-995-4673.
- Get assistance with home improvements. Rebuilding Together Acadiana
- File a housing discrimination complaint.
- Find tenant rights assistance.
- Find your local Food Bank.: Foodnet
- Apply for WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) Benefits.
- Apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Benefits.
Health and Safety
- Locate a Health Center near you, including Health Care for the Homeless Programs. St. Bernadette's Clinic
- Locate Behavioral Health Treatment Services near you, including substance abuse, mental health, and veteran services. Acadiana Area Human Services District
- Treatment Referral Routing Service: 1-800-662-4357 for confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
- National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929 provides support to at-risk youth and their families 24 hours a day through phone, email, and live chat.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 is available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 is available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing child abuse, seeking resources or information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7 to confidentially provide counseling services at a crisis center in your area.
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888 is available 24/7 to confidentially provide help to victims of human trafficking.
Employment and Job Training
- DOL’s Employment and Training Helpline: 1-877-872-5627 provides information for job seekers, workers, and employers on employment and training.
- Workforce Development Board Locator provides local job centers where job seekers can get employment and unemployment information, find out about career development training opportunities and connect to various programs in their area. Louisiana Workforce Commission
- DOL’s Employment Training page provides a short-term training finder, an education and training finder, a Certification Finder, links to Apprenticeship programs, financial aid, and much more.
- Job Corps Helpline: 1-800-733-5627 provides information about this education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.
- Help for Homeless Veterans Helpline: 1-877-424-3838 provides 24/7 access to VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans.
- Veterans.gov provides employment opportunities for veterans including job postings, local career centers, and online self-assessments.
- Locate a VA Medical Center for medical care.
Learn more about other services and benefits available to homeless veterans by visiting the Resources for Homeless Veterans and HUDVet page, the Veterans Administration page for homeless veterans, and National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.