You sometimes might need a little assistance in paying the bills. Living from paycheck to paycheck can sometimes create a shortfall. If you belong to a low-income family, it’s important to know what kind of help you can get in the state of Louisiana. Here are some resources you can use when you need help with childcare, rent, college, transportation and more.
If access to quality childcare is keeping you from getting a good job, consider looking into the Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program.
You can receive a subsidy to help pay for childcare while you work, attend school, or look for a job. This includes a traditional childcare center, before or after school care, and even in-home care.
The Louisiana Medicaid Program helps needy families get access to quality healthcare. If you do not qualify for Medicaid, you may qualify for LaCHIP, which provides coverage for uninsured children until they turn 19.
The primary objective of this program is to provide first-rate health care to all children who are uninsured, below 19 years of age and belong to low-income families. In addition to primary and emergency health care, LaCHIP program covers immunization, hospitalization and prescription medication.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice childcare because your employer doesn’t provide it. At least get your kids covered as they are more prone to injuries and they need it for school.
Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
This program is specifically beneficial to those families that have young children, but their resources are insufficient for subsistence.
This Federal government funded program helps to make the participants self-reliant and decrease their dependence on welfare grants and programs. In the Louisiana State, FITAP is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. If found eligible, you will get the benefits of the program through EBT.
Food and Supplies
A good diet is a basis for a healthy family.
If you cannot afford to put good food on the table, consider the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
WIC also helps families with young children, under the age of five, afford healthy foods like milk, cheese, and formula. The state has several food banks that help needy families access affordable food and pantry supplies.
You will not be able to keep a good job if you cannot get reliable transportation.
LaDOTD offers several programs to help low-income individuals get to and from the places they need to go. If you cannot get access to public transportation, try to find someone who works near your place of employment that you can carpool with. Paying gas money from time to time is always more affordable than buying your own vehicle.
Try to set up a ride system with your boss as well. Maybe you can get a reimbursement or some sort of free means of transportation.
Louisiana Head Start
This Federal government administered program has been specifically designed for kids below 5 years, coming from low-income families, to become ready for school.
In addition to working on intricate areas as language and literacy, the Head Start program enhances the social, emotional and cognitive skills of children. Moreover, the program also motivates parents to increase their involvement and interaction with their kids. Parental support and encouragement help to foster and strengthen family bonds.
The Tenant Based Rental Assistance program provides temporary housing for families who were displaced from Katrina and other storms.
Other programs offered through HUD help families get back on their feet and enjoy the freedom of home ownership. You can also use section 8 to pay for the home. Look into section 8 and PHA to find rental and housing help in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOFSA) offers information about college grants available to needy local students.
Another option if you looking to return to school is the FAFSA, which allows them to apply for federal aid programs. Also be sure to research school scholarships for more financial assistance options.
All of these programs also apply to your kid if it is time for them to attend college as well.
Domestic Battery Assistance Programs
Predators look for people in bad situations because they are vulnerable and also because those predators know that people will do anything to keep their children safe.
A seemingly charismatic person may seem like the answer to all of your problems, but might actually be a whole new set of problems on his own.
Know that violence has nothing to do with love. It is very rare for people who are abusive to change the way they function in a relationship because many times they are so convincing with their manipulative techniques that they actually start to believe their own words, which means every time they tell you that you brought it on, they really believe it and you are not going to convince them of anything different.
As an adult, you have the right to do what you want to, but as a parent, you need to look out for your children first. Every time your son sees someone hurt you, it reaffirms that this is the way he is supposed to treat women. Every time your daughter sees you get hurt, it set her further along the path that will make this an acceptable future for her.
If you find yourself in a domestic battery situation, call the Louisiana domestic violence hotline at 1-888-411-1333. You can also visit the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to learn about more options.
As you can see, no matter the problem, there is a lot of help available for you to take advantage of.
You can get assistance for so much as long as you look in the right place. If you didn’t get to read about a certain program, comment down below and we will add it in for you to read.