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Federal Resources
 
Information on Housing
     
Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the 
elderly, and persons with disabilities.
     
 Housing Information  HUD - Forms   HUD - Publications
 HUD Website  HUD Form 50058  Checklist for Assistance
 HUD in Louisiana  Instructions (Form 50058)  Tenant Rights
 HUD in DeSoto  User Manual (Form 50058)  Housing Choice Vouchers
     
 Local Housing Agents
 
 Logansport Housing Authority  Mansfield Housing Agency  Desoto Parish Section 8 
 Phone: (318) 256-3359  Phone: (318) 872-1383  Phone: (318) 872-0880
 Fax: (318) 256-0835  Fax: (318) 872-9296  Fax: (318) 871-8616
 300 Marie St.  600 Kennedy St.  404 Polk St., Suite B 
 Logansport, LA  Mansfield, LA 71052  Mansfield, LA 71052
 Low-Rent Assistance  Low-Rent Assistance  Section 8 Assistance
     
     
How to Acquire a Free Mobile Phone
     
The Lifeline Program is a federal program which provides support to telecommunications companies that in turn offer discounts to eligible consumers. 
     
 What is the Lifeline Program?  Checklist for Eligibility  Companies in Louisiana
 Pre-Screening Tool  Worksheet  Maintaining Service
   
     
Filing Taxes (Federal & State)
     
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Louisiana Department of Revenue have an online presence that includes tax forms and publications, filing and payments, refunds, credits and deductions, help and resources.
     
 Federal Information  State Information - Individual  State Information - Business
 IRS Website    Department of Revenue  Forms and Instructions
 Forms/Publications    Forms and Instructions  File Business Taxes Online
 File Federal Taxes Online         File Louisiana Taxes Online  Instructions for Filing
 Instructions for Filing Federal Taxes  Instructions for Filing LA Taxes  Parish E-File
 Checklist of Items Needed  File for an Extension  LaTAP
     
     
Applying for Government Grants
     
Grants.gov system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
     
 Before You Apply  Apply  After You Apply
 Grants.gov Website  Apply for Grants  Track Application
 Obtain DUNS # for Organization  Individual Registrations  Applicant FAQ
 Obtain DUNS # for Individual  Organization Registrations  Self-help Portal
 Download Application  User Guide  Agencies Providing Grants
 Grant Eligibility  Grant Application Process  Applicant Tips
     
   
Applying for Disaster Assistance
     
Disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals & families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally-declared disaster & whose losses are not covered by insurance. 
     
 Plan and Prepare  Disaster Assistance  Response & Recovery
 FEMA Website  Before You Apply  Louisiana Recovery
 Protecting Homes  Applying for Assistance  Individual Assistance
 Protecting Business  After You Apply Public Disaster Assistance
     
     
Applying for Student Aid (FAFSA)
     
 FAFSA is for prospective college students in the U.S. to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
     
 Types of Aid  Who Get's Aid  FAFSA: Apply for Aid
 Grants and Scholarships  Basic Eligibility Criteria  Filling Out the FAFSA
 Loans  Non-U.S. Citizens  Federal Student Aid PIN
 Work-Study Jobs  Staying Eligible  Instructions (English)
 Aid for Military Families  Regaining Eligibility  Instructions (Spanish)
 Checklists to Get Ready  Financial Aid Office  Checklist of Documents Needed
     
     
Applying for U.S. Citizenship &
     
 To apply for naturalization, you will need to file Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization).
     
 Citizenship  Green Card  Tools
 Apply for Citizenship  Information on a Green Card  Form N-400
 Citizenship via Naturalization  Green Card Eligibility  Instructions for Filing N-450
 Naturalization Worksheet  Travel Outside the U.S.  "How Do I" Customer Guides
 Checklist of Documents Needed  Green Card-Based Forms  Forms & Publications
   
     
Louisiana Resources
     
Temporary Assistance Programs (LA CAFÉ)
     
 LA CAFÉ    
 LA CAFÉ is an acronym that stands for Common Access Front End. CAFÉ is the system used by DCFS to link
 external and internal facing computer systems. LA CAFÉ is the common access point for applying for SNAP (Food Stamps, FITAP, CCAP, KCSP and Child Support.  
 Customer Portal  Practice using LA CAFÉ  Locate Community Partner
   
     SNAP (Food Stamps)    
      The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low- 
      income households buy the food they need for good health.
      Qualifications for SNAP  Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool  Online Application
      Download Application  Checklist  
     
     
     FITAP (Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program
     The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program provides cash assistance to families with
     children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs.  
     Qualifications for FITAP  Applying for FITAP  
     
     
     CCAP (Child  Care Assistance Program)
     Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending
     school or training.
     Qualifications for CCAP  Applying for CCAP  
     
     
     KCSP (Kinship Care Subsidy Program)
     Kinship Care Subsidy Program provides assistance of $222 per month for each eligible child who resides  
     with a qualified relative other than a parent.
     Qualifications for KCSP  Applying for KCSP  
     
     
     Child Support    
     Child Support is an obligation of a parent to provide emotional, financial, and medical support for a child or
     children.
     Qualifications for Child Support  Online Application  Parent Locator Service
     Child Support Enforcement Info  Paper Application  Enforcing Orders
     FAQ  Instructions for Application  Paternity Establishment
     
     
    Community Partners    
     
    Hope for the Homeless, Inc.  Desoto Parish Coordinating and  Desoto Parish Health Unit
    Mobile Service for Homeless  Development (LWC)  A Bronze Level Partner
    Highway 84  142 Lake Street  113 Jefferson Street
    Mansfield, LA 71052  Mansfield, LA 71052  Mansfield, LA 71052
    More Info & Directions  More Info & Directions  More Info & Directions
     
    Mansfield Head Start Center  Food Bank of Northwest LA  DCFS Offices (Desoto)
    115 Richards St.  2307 Texas Avenue  5040 Cut-Off Road
    Mansfield, LA 71052  Shreveport, LA 71103  Coushatta, LA 71019
    More Info & Directions  More Info & Directions  More Info & Directions
     
     
WIC Assistance
     
WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants,
and children (under 5 years old).
     
 Find out more about WIC  How to receive WIC Benefits  Are you income eligible for WIC?
     
 Local WIC Sites    
     
 Bossier Parish Health Unit  Caddo Parish Health Unit  Desoto Parish Health Unit
 3022 Old Minden Road  1035 Creswell Avenue  113 Jefferson Street
 318-741-7314  318-686-5222  318-872-0472
 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 Directions  Directions  Directions
     
 Red River Parish Health Unit  Sabine Parish Health Unit  David Raines Community Heath
 2015 Red Oak Road  1230 West Louisiana Avenue  1625 David Raines Road
 318-932-4087  318-256-4105  318-227-3360
 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 Directions  Directions  Directions
     
     
Medical Assistance
     
 Applying for Medicare    
 Medicare is our country's health insurance program for people age 65 or older. People younger that age 65  
 with certain disabilities can qualify for Medicare.
     
 Before You Apply  Apply  Forms, Help, Resources 
 Medicare Website  Applying for Medicare ONLY   Medicare & You
 Eligibility    Apply Online (Publication)
 Enrollment Conditions  Other Enrollment Options:  Checklist for Applying Online
 Coverage Options  By Phone: 1-800-772-1213  Medicare Forms
 Enrollment Questionnaire  In Person: 1-877-318-3074  Medicare FAQ
     
 Applying for Medicaid    
 Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families.
   
 Before You Apply  Medicaid Programs   Application Process
 Louisiana Medicaid  LaCHIP  Apply Online
 Eligibility Guidelines  LaHIPP  Apply by Mail
 Applications & Forms  LaMOMS  Apply by Person
 Self-service Portal  Long Term Care  Apply by Phone
     
     Medicaid Centers    
     Desoto Council On Aging  Office of Community Services  Desoto Regional Health System
     1004 Polk Street  113 Franklin Street  207 Jefferson Street
     Mansfield, LA 71052   Mansfield, LA 71052  Mansfield, LA 71052 
     PH: 318-872-3700  PH: 318-872-0880  PH: 318-872-4610
     Directions  Directions  Directions
     
 Applying for ACA (Affordable Care) 
 Apply for ACA    
     
     
 Louisiana Law
     
 Louisiana Law
 
 Revised Statutes  Birth Records  House Rules
 Louisiana Constitution  Death Records  Senate Rules
 Search the Law  Public Records  Joint Rules
     
 Louisiana Legislators
 
 Bills  Representatives (State)  Representatives (Federal)
 Sessions  Senators (State)  Senators (Federal)
     
 Desoto Parish Information
 
 Desoto Parish Police Jury  City of Logansport  City of Stonewall
 Desoto Parish Clerk of Court  City of Mansfield  
     
     
 Special Services
     
 Applying for Selective Service
     
 If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday.
 Online Registration  Online Forms  
     
     
 Obtaining Assistance with Utilities
     
 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
 LIHEAP helps keep families safe & healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. In
 Louisiana, this program is administered by the Louisiana Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc., 
 LACAP, in concert with community action agencies throughout the state. Every parish is served. Funding for
 the program is dependent on adoption and approval of the federal budget and is not guaranteed.
 Eligibility Requirements  LIHEAP Application Guide  
     
 Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
 WAP provides grants to states, territories, and some Indian tribes to improve the energy efficiency of the
 homes of low-income families.
 Eligibility Requirements    
     
 LIHEAP & WAP Service Provider    
 DeSoto Parish Police Jury  Ms. Mary Mayfield  
 Office of Community Service  404 Polk Street  
 PH: 318-872-0880  Mansfield, LA 71052  
 FAX: 318-871-8616  mmayfield@desotoppi.com  
     
 Applying for Social Security Benefits
     
 Social Security assist older Americans, workers who become disabled and families in which a spouse or a
 parent dies.
 Register for my Social Security  Apply for Medicare Benefits  Apply for Disability Insurance
     
     
 Applying VA Benefits
     
 Veteran Affairs Benefits are available for eligible veterans for numerous benefits through GI Bill programs.
     
 Register  Disability Compensation  Employment Services
 Online Apps  Home Loans/Housing Assistance  Life Insurance
 Online Forms  Pension  Spouses, Dependents, & Survivors
 Health Care  Education and Training  Memorial Benefits
     
     
 Applying for a Passport
     
 U.S. passports are issued by the U.S. Department of State. All U.S. Citizens must get a passport for overseas
 travel.
     
 Your US Passport  Before You Go   Regional Passport Agency
 Apply for Passport  Traveler's Checklist  New Orleans, Louisiana
 Renew a Passport  Your Destination  1-877-487-2778
 Where to Apply  Passport Application  Directions
     
  
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