Social Services

 Social Services are any public service that provides support or assistance to help people live their healthiest and best lives.  Below is a list of social service resources in our community. 

Baton Rouge Division of Human Development and Services (DHDS): Human Development and Services provides leadership, develops collaborative strategies, and maximizes resources to help children, individuals and families reach their highest level of economic security and stability improving their quality of life. DHDS programs include EmployBRLow Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP,) Community Service Block Grant (CSBG), Head Start, and more. 


Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS): DCFS works to keep children safe, helping individuals and families become self-sufficient, and providing safe refuge during disasters. They believe in treating all people with dignity, compassion, and respect while providing services with integrity. 


Workforce / Education 


 Economic Stability 

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps income-eligible households with payments for home energy services. Assistance is available every six months and payments are made directly to the energy provider.  Proof of income, picture identification, and social security cards for all household members are required along with a bill or printout from the client's utility company. Assistance is contingent upon the availability of funding. 

  • Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) may assist with utilities, rent/mortgage, and medication payments. To qualify for the program, clients must bring proof of income, picture identification, Social Security cards for all household members, and proof of residency. Assistance is contingent upon the availability of funds. 

  • EBR Emergency Rental Assistance is available through the Office of Community Developmental.

  • Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) - Provides cash assistance for eligible children who reside with qualified relatives other than parents.

  • Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) - Provides temporary cash assistance to families in need.

  • Strategies to Empower People Program (STEP) - The goal of the Strategies to Empower People (STEP) Program is to provide opportunities for work-eligible families of FITAP to receive job training, employment, and supportive services to enable them to become self-sufficient. STEP is the result of the Personal Responsibility and Universal Engagement Act of 2003 passed by the Louisiana Legislature.


Food Security 


You can learn more about additional social services located in East Baton Rouge Parish 

by visiting Capital Area United way's 211 here.

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