SVDP can help people in crisis who live in the St. Landry Parish area. The St. Thomas More Church has a set process that must be followed in order to request help from the organization. All applicants must provide specific required information to be eligible for assistance. The agency has a limited amount of money, so all requests for help must be done in person.
Financial help, food or medical from SVDP St. Landry Parish
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Landry has information on free or low-cost health and dental clinics in the area. This means that they offer either free or discounted health care, often using a system where the amount you pay is based on your income. They usually partner with other organizations to provide these services. This means that if you do not have insurance and live in St. Landry Parish, you can still receive medical care. You do not need to prove your income or need to use the services of a community clinic.
The dental clinic employs a part-time hygienist and dentist, so appointments are available during the day. This will only be offered a few times per month. This clinic provides dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, extractions, and restorative and emergency dental care.
The medical clinic relies on volunteer doctors, RNs, and other medical professionals to staff its operation. The center will provide basic medical care. Doctors treat patients who are sick with things like the flu, colds, rashes, and other minor illnesses. Some children or students in St. Landry Parish may be able to get free immunizations. Other medical care may include X-rays, emergency care, and referrals to laboratories and hospitals. Lastly, the local Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program may receive money for medications that are medically necessary.
If you are low-income and facing eviction from your home or apartment, Saint Vincent de Paul St. Landry Parish emergency services can help you. This is for people who have not paid rent for at least 30 days and have received a written notice of eviction from their landlord.
To be eligible for financial aid to help pay rent, individuals must have an income from sources such as a job, Social Security, unemployment benefits, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, a pension, or something similar. This means that if you are paid in cash for any work, this cannot be used as an income source when requesting support from SVDP in Landry Parish.
SVDP Landry Parish provides motel vouchers for recently evicted families so they can have a place to stay for a night or two while they find new housing. There are only a limited number of these vouchers available, and they can only be used for a limited number of nights per year. Motel vouchers are given out on the condition that applicants meet with a family development specialist.
Transitional housing is program that provides housing for adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The program typically provides permanent, supportive housing, which means the residents have access to services that help them maintain their housing and improve their overall health and well-being. The homes are divided into different groups based on their properties. All clients of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and St. Thomas More Church will be required to participate in case management services. They will work together with a case manager to set individualized goals for themselves with the goal of becoming more self-sufficient.
Many of the people who stay in these housing units are employed or are about to start a job. Other people are involved in Saint Landy Parish vocational programs. Many clients eventually move into housing that is less dependent on assistance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers this.
Individuals and families who need help paying rent or energy expenses can turn to Society of Saint Vincent St. Landry Parish for subsidies. This assistance is available to help those who are struggling to make ends meet and are at risk of not being able to afford their rent. This means that eligible households must have an income that is high enough to cover all of their expenses. There are resources that can help applicants with the costs of the first month’s rent, security deposits, or overdue payments.
St. Thomas More Church offers services that make homes more energy-efficient, thereby reducing consumption and monthly utility bills. Weatherization helps to regulate the temperature in homes so that they are not too hot or too cold.
The contractors, who are being paid with federal funds, will be responsible for adding insulation to the attic and walls, repairing or replacing the furnace, reducing air leakage, adding insulation to the water heater, and conducting health and safety inspections. Most weatherization is for homes built before 1980. The other focus is on households with children under the age of six. The Louisiana Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides free energy efficiency upgrades to low-income households. These upgrades can include insulation, air sealing, and weather-stripping. The goal of the program is to reduce energy costs for participants and to improve the comfort of their homes.
The emergency food program in Saint Vincent de Paul Landry Parish gives out packages of groceries that would last a family for seven days. The food is nutritious and would be enough to help a family in need. This means that each household will receive six bags of groceries, regardless of family size.
The packages include donated food, paper goods, personal care items and cleaning supplies. If we have enough money, we might also be able to get eggs, soup, meat, and fresh produce. St. Landy Parish community members are eligible to receive up to twelve food packages per year. This means that if your income is below a certain level, you may be eligible for this program. Holiday support is also available. Saint Vincent De Paul provides food packages for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Apply for SVDP programs in St. Landry Parish
The main programs and applications are based in Eunice, Louisiana. To contact the church or SVDP St. Landry, please call (337) 457-8107.