Recommended Web Sites
Generations United at http://www.gu.org/ offers an overview of benefits available in all states such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Social Security for Dependents, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and others. You must contact your local office of each program to apply. Generations United gives links to particular benefit programs for more detailed information; however their overview of each program is quite good. Be sure to read the overviews in full to see which ones may apply to your situation. Lawhelp.org/la is Louisiana’s online guide to free legal information on such topics as custody, grandparents rights, housing, consumer issues and government benefits. AARP also has a useful web site for grandparents at www.aarp.org/families/grandparents You can sign up to receive their quarterly newsletter by clicking on the tab labeled "newsletter". The newsletter is available in English and Spanish. Phone numbers for public benefit programs:Office of Family Support (OFS)OFS offers information and application for the Kinship Care Subsidy Program, TANF (temporary assistance to needy families), Food Stamps, Day Care Assistance and others. The Child Care Assistance Application includes all of the above, plus information on LA CHIP (children's health insurance).
Region I (Orleans) 1-504-838-5630
Serves West Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, East Jefferson, Midtown, Algiers.
Region II (Baton Rouge) 1-225-925-4540Serves East Baton Rouge-North, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, East Baton Rouge-South
Region III (Covington) 1-985-871-1233 Serves Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington
Region IV (Thibodaux) 1-985-447-0880Serves Ascension, Assumption, LaFourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, Terrebonne
Region V (Lafayette) 1-337-262-2061Serves Acadia, Evangeline, St. Mary, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry, Vermilion
Region VI (Lake Charles) 1-337-491-2197Serves Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis
Region VII (Alexandria) 1-318-487-5228Serves Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, Winn
Region VIII (Shreveport) 1-318-676-7101Serves Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Jackson, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Webster
Region IX (Monroe) 1-318-362-3386Serves Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union, Tensas, West Carroll
For medical benefits for an eligible child 1-877 -252-2447 or on the web at: www.lachip.org
Deaf or hard of hearing TTY: 1-800-325-0778
Information and application for Social Security Dependents Benefits
All information for the entire state is accessed through a single number: La. Child Support Customer Service Center: 1-800-256-4650.
Offices are located in the following cities and towns: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Amite, Alexandria, Natchitoches, Monroe, Tallulah, Shreveport, Lafayette, Thibodaux, Lake Charles, Ville Platte.
For information about the New Orleans metro area or to get information about other offices in South Louisiana: New Orleans Regional Office: 1-504-671-3000 New Orleans Field Office: 1-504-671-3793
For information about the Shreveport metro area or to get information about other offices in north Louisiana: Shreveport Field Office: 1-318-226-7030
Shreveport Policy & Management: 1-318-226-7071
Public Housing Resource Center 1-800-955-2232