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OSS Program Services

Commodity Food Program

CSBG - Community Service Block Grant

Emergency Food Pantry | FEMA | HOPWA

Income Tax Service | LIHEAP | Project Care

Solid Waste Fee Increase Waiver Program


Commodity Food Program

This program commonly referred to as the "Commodity Program," coordinates the distribution of surplus government food products to eligible households throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. The surplus food is distributed three to four times a year, contingent upon availability.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Fiscal Year July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Size of Family Unit Monthly Income
Less Than
Yearly Income
Less Than
1 $1,245 $14,937
2 $1,681 $20,163
3 $2,116 $25,389
4 $2,552 $30,615
5 $2,987 $35,841
6 $3,423 $41,067
7 $3,858 $46,293
8 $4,294 $51,519

For households with more than 8 members, add $429 (monthly) or $5,148 (yearly) for each additional member.

Applicant’s household is composed solely of food stamp recipients,
Applicant receives supplemental social security income,
Applicant’s household receives aid to families with dependant children.

CSBG - Community Service Block Grant Emergency Assistance
Services include Emergency Utilities Payments, Rent / Mortgage Payments, and Medication Payments. These services are contingent upon the availability of funds.

2014 ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Size of Family

125% of Poverty Guidelines

1

$14,588

2

$19,663

3

$24,738

4

$29,813

5

$34,888

6

$39,963

7

$45,038

8

$50,113

Please utilize the above amounts when determining eligibility for Direct CSBG Activities. Further, for family units with more than eight (8) members, add an additional $5,025 for each additional member.

Emergency Food Pantry
The Office of Social Services is a member agency of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The pantry provides food to individuals and families who have established an urgent need for food.

FEMA Emergency Rent / Mortgage Assistance Program
The Emergency Assistance Program provides assistance to individuals and families facing eviction or foreclosure. Eligibility for assistance is limited to one payment in a twelve-month period, contingent upon the availability of funds.

HOPWA 
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

The HOPWA Program is designed for low-income persons who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The program creates and supports access to affordable housing by assisting clients to better maintain a stable living environment and reduce homelessness by offering assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities. Other goals of the HOPWA Program include improving access to health care and supportive services.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Fiscal Year 2014

Size of Family Unit Monthly Income
Limit
Yearly Income
Limit
1 $3,100.00 $37,200
2 $3,541.67 $42,500
3 $3,983.33 $47,800
4 $4,425.00 $53,100
5 $4,779.17 $57,350
6 $5,133.33 $61,600
7 $5,487.50 $65,850
8 $5,841.67 $70,100
     

Income Tax Service
The Office of Social Services Staff prepares State and Federal Income Tax forms at no cost for low income families.

LIHEAP
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

This program provides utility payments to energy vendors on behalf of eligible East Baton Rouge Parish residents. Eligibility for assistance is limited to one payment in a six month period, contingent upon availability of funds. Eligible individuals must meet income guidelines.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Fiscal Year 2014

Size of Family Unit Monthly Income Limit
1 $1,739
2 $2,345
3 $2,896
4 $3,448
5 $4,000
6 $4,552
7 $4,655
8 $4,758
9 $4,862
10 $4,965
11 $5,069
12 $5,172
13 $5,276
13 $5,379
14 $5,379
15 $5,483

Project Care
Emergency Services to the Elderly & Disabled

The Office of Social Services accepts applications for emergency utility assistance for persons 60 and older and persons with a disability (Proof of disability needs to be provided) on behalf of Council on Aging.

Solid Waste Fee Increase Waiver Program
For East Baton Rouge Parish Residents (excluding residents in the Cities of Baker & Zachary)

The monthly residential Solid Waste User Fee increased from $15.50 to $19.00, effective January 1, 2008.

The City-Parish has implemented a Solid Waste Fee Increase Waiver Program for low-income residents. This program will allow the fee increase to be waived for eligible residents. Applications for this waiver will be taken at all Community Centers. Residents must apply each year for waiver eligibility to continue. Income limits are based on the LIHEAP income limits listed above.