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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.

Local Housing Agents

Logansport Housing Authority
(318) 256-3359
(318) 256-0835 (Fax)
300 Marie St.
Logansport, LA 
Low-Rent Assistance

Mansfield Housing Agency
(318) 872-1383
(318) 872-9296 (Fax)
600 Kennedy St.
Mansfield, LA 71052
Low-Rent Assistance

Desoto Parish Section 8
(318) 872-0880
(318) 871-8616 (Fax)
404 Polk St., Suite B 
Mansfield, LA 71052
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. 

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.

Applying for Government Grants system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.

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.

Applying for Student Aid 

There are many avenues that prospective college students can use when searching for financial aid.

Applying for U.S. Citizenship

To apply for naturalization, you will need to file Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization).

Louisiana Resources


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.  

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.

FITAP (Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program

The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) is a public assistance program that provides financial aid for children in their own homes who are in need because they do not have sufficient financial support from parents. The overall goal of FITAP is to decrease the long-term dependency on public assistance by promoting job preparation and work. Public assistance is no longer a lifetime benefit but an opportunity to become independent after a financial crisis. The program is administered at the state level by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

CCAP (Childcare Assistance Program)

Childcare Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for childcare while working or attending school or training.

KCSP (Kinship Care Subsidy Program)

The Department of Children and Family Services’ Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) provides cash assistance of $450 per month for each eligible child who resides with a qualified relative other than a parent.

Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement is a program that works with parents to provide emotional, financial, and medical support for their child or children. DCFS offers parent locator and paternity establishment services, as well as assistance to establish and enforce child support orders and collection and distribution of child support payments.

Community Partners

Hope for the Homeless, Inc.  Mobile Service for Homeless
Highway 84
Mansfield, LA 71052
More Info & Directions

Desoto Parish Coordinating and Development (LWC)
142 Lake Street
Mansfield, LA 71052
More Info & Directions

Desoto Parish Health Unit
A Bronze Level Partner
113 Jefferson Street
Mansfield, LA 71052
More Info & Directions


Mansfield Head Start Center
115 Richards St.
Mansfield, LA 71052
More Info & Directions

Food Bank of Northwest LA
2307 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
More Info & Directions

DCFS Offices (Desoto)
5040 Cut-Off Road
Coushatta, LA 71019
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).

Bossier Parish Health Unit
3022 Old Minden Road
(318) 741-7314
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Caddo Parish Health Unit
1035 Creswell Avenue
(318) 686-5222
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Desoto Parish Health Unit
113 Jefferson Street
(318) 872-0472
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Red River Parish Health Unit
2015 Red Oak Road
(318) 932-4087
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sabine Parish Health Unit
1230 West Louisiana Avenue
(318) 256-4105
Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

David Raines Community Heath
1625 David Raines Road
(318) 227-3360
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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.

Applying for Medicaid

Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families.

Medicaid Centers

Desoto Council On Aging
1004 Polk Street
Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-3700

Office of Community Services
113 Franklin Street
Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-0880

Desoto Regional Health System
207 Jefferson Street
Mansfield, LA 71052 
(318) 872-4610

Applying for ACA (Affordable Care) 

Louisiana Law

Louisiana Law

Louisiana Legislators

 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.

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.

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.

LIHEAP & WAP Service Provider

DeSoto Parish Police Jury
Office of Community Service
404 Polk Street
Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-0880
(318) 871-8616 (Fax)
Ms. Mary Mayfield

Applying for Social Security Benefits

Social Security assist older Americans, workers who become disabled and families in which a spouse or a parent dies.

Applying VA Benefits

Veteran Affairs Benefits are available for eligible veterans for numerous benefits through GI Bill programs.

Veteran Transitioning

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.

Regional Passport Agency

New Orleans, Louisiana

Senior Citizen Services

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