Louisiana Resources

To find out about key benefits and services in Louisiana and how to apply, select from the topics below.

Cash & Food Assistance

  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

Cash assistance available to residents who enter the U.S. under humanitarian protection with low incomes

RCA is administered through local resettlement agencies. Please visit one of the three sites in the state.

Federal nutrition program

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency. In Louisiana, the program is called FITAP (Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program).

A program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

To support all families in accessing high quality childcare, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides financial assistance to low-income families while they are working or attending school.

Refugee & Newcomer Health

Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge – all areas of the state except the New Orleans Area

Only the New Orleans area and surrounding parishes

Lafayette, LA and surrounding areas

Accessing Health Care

Apply online or over the phone via the Louisiana Department of Health.


Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older. You’re first eligible to sign up for Medicare 3 months before you turn 65.

1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

The Social Security program in the United States provides protection against the loss of earnings due to retirement, death, or disability.

Assistance with Housing Costs

Helps residents maintain housing stability

Call 211 (24/7) to speak to a Community Resource Specialist

Housing Counseling

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low-cost advice.

Phone: 800-569-4287


The Matching Grant program helps refugees and other ORR-eligible populations overcome barriers and quickly find jobs. The intent is for refugees to become economically self-sufficient through employment within 240 days and without accessing cash assistance programs.


Information and resources about obtaining a driver’s license or state ID

Welcome Corps

Report cases of fraud (for example, individuals asking for money in exchange for becoming a private sponsor or to assist in submitting an application)