Assistance Programs

The City of Lake Charles has teamed up with Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana and Project Build a Future to provide several individual assistance programs. 

Utilizing funds received through the 2020 CARES Act (CDBG-CV), The City of Lake Charles has established a rental assistance program through Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana and a mortgage assistance program through Project Build a Future. Both programs will provide financial assistance to low to moderate income families living within the City of Lake Charles.

The rental assistance program provides up to $650 once in a 12-month period. Those interested in applying or in need of more information, should contact Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana by calling 337-439-7436.

The mortgage assistance program provides a one-time grant of up to $6,000 and is expected to help 60 families who may have fallen behind on their mortgage. Approved participants will also receive financial counseling and education services to help with long-term financial success. Those interested in applying, or in need of more information, should contact Project Build a Future by calling 337-439-7191.

The City of Lake Charles is also reminding residents that it has funded a Water Bill Assistance program through Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana. Established late last year, funds are available to assist residents with past due water bills. City of Lake Charles Water Division customers who need assistance can obtain more information by calling 337-439-7436 or visiting www.catholiccharitiesswla.com.