The Office of Social Services (OSS) is the designated
Community Action Agency for East Baton Rouge Parish. OSS's primary function
is to minimize conditions associated with poverty in East Baton Rouge
Parish. The office endeavors to accomplish this mission through the
provision of direct services, referrals, counseling and consumer education.
Services are provided primarily on an income eligible basis to indigents,
the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
The OSS administers several federal grant programs from its administrative office. Community-based services are provided at outreach centers located throughout the parish. Additionally, the staff offers home-based services on an as-need-basis. Considerable funding for OSS comes from the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) through a grant from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The mission of the Office of Social Services is to work in collaboration with governmental and community agencies to provide a variety of human economic services and activities to low-income individuals and families, thereby increasing opportunities for achieving self sufficiency.
Frequently Asked Questions
What services does your office provide?
Commodity Food Program
CSBG Emergency Assistance - Rent, Utilities and Medicine
Emergency Food Pantry
FEMA - Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program
HOPWA - Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
Income Tax Service
LIHEAP - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Ryan White Care Act
Solid Waste Fee Increase Waiver Program
How do I qualify for the services your agency provides?
Different programs administered by the Office of Social Services have different income guidelines. Please consult each program for eligibility.
Where can I apply for your services?
Services are determined by zip codes See Community Centers.