CLAIBORNE PARISH OFFICE OF FAMILY SUPPORT
622 East 2nd Street
P.O. Box 210
Homer, Louisiana 71040
Ph: (318) 927-3518
FAX: (318) 927-5496
HOURS: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
The Claiborne Parish Office of Family Support determines eligibility for FITAP and the Food Stamp Program and other programs available for persons with financial need. All applicants are asked about their household, and are asked to provide proof of the given information. One Application for Assistance may be submitted for Food Stamps, FITAP and Refugee Cash Assistance.
Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) is a public assistance program which provides financial aid for children in their own homes who are in need because they are deprived of parental support by death, absence from the home, or illness of one or both legally responsible parents. To be eligible, one or both parents must be absent, deceased, disabled, or unemployed. Applications for Assistance are available at the Office of Family Support in Homer. All applicants must be interviewed by one of three case managers. Following the investigation, a decision should be made within 45 days. Eligibility is limited to two years in a five year period. Adults must take part in an educational or job training project approved by the case manager.
Food Stamps help low-income households buy food needed for good health. An Application for Assistance must be completed and shall be followed by an interview. Decisions are made within 30 days. Expedited services are available for persons with emergency situations. Based on fiscal unemployment statistics, eligibility may be limited to three months in a two year period unless the household is otherwise exempt. Food stamp applications are processed by one Eligibility Determinations Examiner. Food stamp case loads are maintained by three Eligibility Determinations Examiners.
The Child Support Enforcement Program is geared towards improving the quality of life for children. This is accomplished by locating parents and establishing obligations for child and medical support. Cases certified for FITAP or Medicaid only are automatically referred to the CSE Program without payment of a fee.
Child Care Assistance is a program of the Department of Social Services to help parents (or guardians) pay for child care. The amount of assistance a person Is eligible for Is dependent upon the total income of the household and the number of people in the household. The program pays for a portion of the child care provider's actual charges; parents supplement the allotted amount with a co-payment. Applicants may chose child care in a child care center, in a family day care home, in the home of a relative, or in the child's own home. An application must be completed and returned to the regional office.
All FITAP recipients must participate in FIND WORK, a program geared towards assisting persons through education, job skills training, job readiness activities, job development and placement, group and individual job search and on-the-job training. It includes support services. According to certain criteria, some recipients are exempt.
Transitional Assistance (TA) Is designed to help former FITAP recipients who are ineligible for continued benefits because of earnings make the transition from welfare dependency to self sufficiency. This is done by providing Medicaid coverage and Child Care assistance for up to 12 months. Interested persons should contact the local Office of Family Support.
The Medically Needy Program is available to people who need medical assistance. It is limited to persons meeting criteria related to age, blindness, disability, and deprivation. Contact a person in the local Office of Family Support for further information.
COST: All consultations are free.