Staying Warm In The Winter Is Crucial To All

Staying warm in the comfort of one’s home during the winter is crucial to all. However, it is especially important to those with any sort of failing health and advancing disease process. This is a common problem with the population over 60. And thankfully, there are some programs to help make sure that the elderly population can stay warm during the coldest (and hottest) months of the year.

  • Facts about Seniors and Cold.

“As the body ages, its ability to regulate its own temperature, as well as sense other temperature fluctuations, changes. This can be dangerous for Seniors in any extreme temperature, but the cold can be especially insidious.

In fact, hypothermia is a real danger for Seniors, with over half of all hypothermia deaths occurring among individuals 60 and older, according to the CDC. Many believe that only extreme cold is to blame for hypothermia, when in actuality, mild hypothermia can set in at an outdoor temperature of just 60 degrees”.

  • First and foremost, putting on extra clothes is helpful. Wearing layers can assist in staying warm.

“During fall and winter months, Seniors should wear several layers of clothing. Start with a layer that lies a little closer to the body and made of a fabric that wicks away moisture. For outer layers, wool, flannel or thick sweatshirt material is ideal. Make sure clothing stays dry throughout the day, as wet fabric will do little to ward off chill. If returning inside after snow or rain, change out of damp layers immediately and replace with dry ones, especially if socks or inner layers have gotten wet”.

  • If layering isn’t the key to staying warm, then we must make sure the thermostat is set on a temperature to provide comfortable atmosphere.

“It might be tempting to save money by keeping the heat low, but anything lower than a thermostat set at 68 degrees in a poorly insulated house can be dangerous for Seniors, especially during fall and winter months. Drops in body temperature often cannot be felt, so a Senior may not know that they are too cold or be able to take proper action before it’s too late. Seniors should keep the thermostat at a minimum of 68-70 degrees and should take care to properly insulate drafty windows and doors. For those who are concerned about heating costs, state assistance may be available to specifically help Seniors with these bills”.

  • It is equally important to avoid heating dangers.

It’s tempting to want to stay warm by use of space heaters, fires or electric blankets, but Seniors should take extra care when using these amenities. Space heaters should always be in a well-ventilated space and at least two feet away from furniture, walls or other flammable objects. It’s best to use a space heater that has a timer, as well, just in case turning it off is forgotten. Be careful of any cords, and never rest or hang clothing or other objects on heaters. Seniors should also avoid using electric blankets at night, since it can be difficult to adjust settings if it gets too warm. Instead, use more blankets, especially down, wool or flannel.

Resources to help keep yours, or a loved one’s power on, even if finances are short.


Rapides Parish Council on Aging (318) 445-7985

Cenla Area Agency (318) 484-2260


Caddo Community Action Agency (318) 222- 2436


Council on Aging (337) 788-1400

SMILES (337) 788-3838

Assist Agency (337) 788-7550


Webster Parish Council on Aging (318) 371- 3056


Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging Phone: (318) 357-3250 or (318) 357- 2220


By: Elizabeth Bergeron

Cited wed site accessed on Dec 1, 2018

If you or your loved ones need further assistance with your utilities, listed below is contact information for agencies throughout Louisiana who can help.

 Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc.                                                         

Louisiana Housing Corporation

2415 Quail Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 763-8700-phone

(225) 763-8710 -fax


Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



Allen Action Agency

505 W. 7th Ave.

P.O. Box 540

Oberlin, LA 70655

(337) 639-4348

(337) 639-4715 FAX

Lyndon Livingston, Exec. Director

Vickie Tunwar, LIHEAP Director

Shane Warren, WAP Director



Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WAP: Allen

Assumption Parish Police Jury OCS

4807 Hwy 1

P.O. Box 520

Napoleonville, LA 70390

(985) 369-2026

(985) 369-3028 FAX

Brucie Dejan, Executive Director

Linda Daniel, WAP Administrator

LIHEAP: Assumption

Hours of Operation:

8:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Avoyelles Progress Action Committee, Inc.

641 Government St.

P.O. Box 527

Marksville, LA 71351


(318) 253-9390

(318) 253-9153 FAX


Brenda S. Wilmer, Exec. Director ,Patricia Bush, LIHEAP Rebekah Quick , or Jill

Gary Lachney, WAP Director

LIHEAP: Avoyelles, Pointe Coupee’

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

WAP: Avoyelles, Evangeline, Point Coupee


Beauregard Community Action Assn., Inc.

214 W. 2nd Street

P.O. Box 573

DeRidder, LA 70634

(337) 463-7263

(337) 436-8382 FAX

Winkie K. Branch, Exec. Director

Melissa Mikkelsen, LIHEAP Director

Elaine Coleman- Bookkeeper

LIHEAP: Beauregard

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



Bossier Office Of Community Services

700 Benton Rd.

P.O. Box 6004

Bossier City, LA 71171

(318) 747-1045

(800) 624-9692

(318) 747-3862 FAX

Debra Hamilton, Director

April Ford, LIHEAP Coordinator



LIHEAP: Bossier, Morehouse

Hours of Operation:

Caddo Community Action Agency

4055 St. Vincent Ave.

P.O. Box 3446

Shreveport, LA 71108

(318) 861-4808

(318) 861-4958 FAX

Laurance Guidry, Exec Director

Matti Smith, CFO (

Joyce LeJay, LIHEAP Director

Annette Collins, Finance Director

Edsel Morrow, WAP Director


Hours of Operation:

WAP: Caddo, Lincoln, Rapides


Calcasieu Parish Police Jury/OCS

2424 3rd St.

P.O. Box 3171

Lake Charles, LA 70601



Allen P. August Multi Purpose Center                                             

2001 Moeling St.

Lake Charles, La 70601




(337) 721-4020/

(800) 542-7074

(337) 437-3397 FAX

(800) 846-5277

(337) 437-3560



(Mrs. Juana Felton Taylor)

(337) 721-4030 Ext. 5105

(337) 721-4180 Fax


Tarek Polite, Director of Human Services (337)721-3550





Juana Felton Taylor, LIHEAP Director



LIHEAP: Calcasieu

Hours of Operation:

Cameron Community Action Agency, Inc.

965 Hwy 384

Lake Charles, LA 70607

(337) 598-5158

(337) 905-6500 FAX

Dinah B. Landry, Exec. Director

LIHEAP: Cameron

Hours of Operation:






Agency / Address





Telephone / Fax





Contact / E-Mail Address





Parish(es) Served



Cenla Community Action Committee, Inc.

4008 Parliament Dr.

Alexandria, LA 71301

(318) 487-5478

(318) 487-5858 FAX

Joan A. Lee, Exec. Director

Pam Ballot, LIHEAP Director

( or



LIHEAP: Rapides

Hours of Operation:

Claiborne Parish Police Jury/OCS

621 S. Main St.

P.O. Box 569

Homer, LA 71040


(318) 927-3557

(318) 927-3835 FAX

Jean M. Reynolds, Exec. Director

Sharon Willis, LIHEAP Director

LIHEAP: Claiborne

Hours of Operation:

Clifton-Choctaw Reservation, Inc.

1146 Clifton Rd.

Clifton, LA 71447

(318) 793-4253

(318) 793-4211 FAX

Myrtlene Shackleford , Chairperson

Betty Clifton, LIHEAP Coord.


LIHEAP: Rapides –Reservation Only

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Thursday

7:a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Delta Community Action Assn.

611 N. Cedar

P.O. Box 352

Tallulah, LA 71284

(318) 574-2130

(318) 574-6161 FAX

Carl Smith, Exec. Director

Cynthia Wiltcher, LIHEAP Director



LIHEAP: Madison, Richland

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

DeSoto Parish Police Jury/OCS

404 Polk Street, Suite B

P.O. Box 1410

Mansfield, LA 71052


WAP Office: 3018 Old Minden Rd., Suite 1200, Bossier City, LA 71112

P.O. Box 5318 Bossier City, LA 71171

(318) 872-0880

(800) 872-0889

(318) 871-8616 FAX

WAP: (318) 746-2422

(318) 746-2423 FAX

Mary Mayfield, Director

Linda Spivey-LIHEAP Director

Ashley Vanzant, Administrative Asst./ LIHEAP Coordinator

Jolynn /Liheap ,Michelle Hughes, WAP

LIHEAP: DeSoto, Red River, Sabine

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


DeSoto, Red River, Sabine, Bienville, Bossier, Claiborne, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Union, Webster




Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



East Baton Rouge Parish Office of Social Services

4523 Plank Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70805

WAP Office Only:

East Baton Rouge Office of Community Development

Gwendolyn P. Hamilton

Assistant Chief Administrative Officer

Office of the Mayor-President

222 Saint Louis Street

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Phone: 225-389-5350

WAP Office Only:

Chip Boyles (Urban Devlp. Director)

300 Louisiana Ave, 2nd Floor

Baton Rouge, LA 70802



(225) 358-4561

(225) 358-4513 FAX

WAP: (225) 389-3039

Irby Hornsby, Exec Program Administer

Emma Averett, LIHEAP Director

WAP Office Only

Gwendolyn P. Hamilton, Asst Chief Administrative Officer

Chip Boyles, WAP Director

Whitney Cooper, WAP Coordinator (Updated 1/19)

LIHEAP: East Baton Rouge

Hours of Operation:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Mon-Fri


East Carroll CAA

409 Second St. Suite 3

P.O. Box 486

Lake Providence, LA 71254

(318) 559-0004

(318) 559-0693 FAX

Rosie L. Brown, Exec. Director

Zina Ware, LIHEAP Director


LIHEAP: East Carroll

Hours of Operation:

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Evangeline Community Action Agency

403 West Magnolia

Ville Platte, LA 70586

(337) 363-1306

(337) 363-0808 FAX

Gervis LaFleur, Exec. Director (updated 1/19)

Linda Griffith, LIHEAP Coordinator

LIHEAP: Evangeline

Hours of Operation:

Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish

307 N. Homer St.

P.O. Box 1570

Ruston, LA 71273

(318) 251-5136

(318) 251-5139 FAX

Rosalind Jones, Exec. Director

Pamela Stevens, LIHEAP Director

LIHEAP: Lincoln

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



Iberville Parish Council/OCS

58050 Meriam St.

P.O. Box 389 70765

Plaquemine, LA 70764

(225) 687-5243

(225) 687-8518 FAX

Randolph Ware Exec. Director

LaWanda Washington, LIHEAP Director

LIHEAP: Iberville

Hours of Operation:

Jefferson CAP

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd Suite 402

Jefferson, LA 70123

Note: All contracts should address

“Jefferson Parish”

(504) 736-6900

(504) 736-6321

(504) 736-2136 FAX

(504) 736-7093 WAP FAX

Jedidiah Jackson, Exec. Director

Elaine O’Conner, Operations Director


Lonnie Bewley, WAP Director


LIHEAP: Jefferson

Hours of Operation:


Lafourche Parish Council/Office of Community Action

4876 Hwy 1

P.O. Box 425

Mathews, LA 70375

(985) 537-7603

(985) 493-6601 FAX

Freddia Ruffin-Roberson, Executive Director

Erica Adams, LIHEAP Coordinator


Frank Alexis, WAP Director

LIHEAP: Lafourche

Hours of Operation:


LaSalle Community Action Assn, Inc.

204 Sicily St.

P.O. Box 730

Harrisonburg, LA 71340

Grant; 205 Main St. Colfax LA

(318) 757-9213

(318) 757-9280 FAX

(318)744-5445 (Main Office)

Dorothy Oliver, Exec. Director

Lynn Harris, LIHEAP Director

Lucy Hainton, Finance Director

Dinah-Director, 318-627-3754

FAX 318-627-2871


LIHEAP: Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Tensas, Winn,

Hours of Operation:

Catahoula: Monday thru- Friday

8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Caldwell – Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m .- 3:30 p.m.

Franklin – Tuesday & Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Grant Parish – Monday thru Wednesday 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.




Agency / Address



Telephone / Fax



Contact / E-Mail Address



Parish(es) Served



LaSalle CAA, Inc (continued)

WAP Office: 107 E.E. Wallace Blvd., Ferriday, LA 71334

P. O. Box 716, Ferriday, LA 71334

(318) 757-9213 Henderson Cook, WAP Director

LaSalle Parish – Monday,Wednesday,Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tensas Parish – Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Winn Parish – Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WAP: Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, LaSalle, Madison, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Winn, Grant, Jackson, West Carroll, East Carroll


Macon Economic

Opportunity, Inc.

407 Kay St.

P.O. Drawer 370

Oak Grove, LA 71263

(318) 428-4379

(318) 428-3290 FAX

Aurtha Mae Sanders, Exec Director

Mary Smith, LIHEAP Director


LIHEAP: West Carroll

Hours of Operation:

Natchitoches Parish Police Jury/Office of Community Services

415 Trudeau St.

P.O. Box 799

Natchitoches, LA 71458


(318) 357-2220

(800) 419-1354

(318) 352-0629 FAX

Sharon Harris, Exec. Director

Beverly Davis, LIHEAP Director

LIHEAP: Natchitoches, Bienville, Jackson

Hours of Operation:

Ouachita Multi-Purpose Community Action Program

315 Plum Street

P.O. Box 3086

Monroe, LA 71210

(318) 322-7151

(318) 322-7244 FAX

(318)322-0449 FAX

Ibra B. January, Exec. Director

Thelma Robinson, LIHEAP Director (updated 1/19)


LIHEAP: Ouachita

Hours of Operation:

Plaquemines Parish Community Action Agency

479 F. Edward Hebert Blvd.

P.O. Box 399

Belle Chasse, LA 70037

(504) 392-9567

(504) 394-2380 FAX

Othella Hughes, Exec. Director/LIHEAP Director

LIHEAP: Plaquemines

Hours of Operation:


Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



Quad Area Community Action Agency, Inc.

45300 N. Baptist Rd

Hammond, LA 70401

(225) 567-2350

(225) 567-1438 FAX

Wallace Sibley, Exec. Director

Erica Hemphill LIHEAP Director

Robert Payne, WAP Director

Cell: (985) 974-6803

Heather Hughes/Liheap

LIHEAP: Ascension, E. Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, W. Feliciana, Washington

Hours of Operation:

WAP: Ascension, E. Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, W. Feliciana, Washington, Iberville, West Baton Rouge


St. Bernard Parish Government

8201 W. Judge Perez Dr.

Chalmette, LA 70043

Housing Office: (504) 278-4468

2009 Esteban St

Arabi, LA

(504) 278-4468

(504) 278-4458 FAX

Lori Zylicz, Acting LIHEAP Director (updated 1/19)

Jamie Johnson LHEAP Coordinator


LIHEAP: St. Bernard

Hours of Operation:

St. Charles Parish Dept. Community Services

14564 River Rd.

P.O. Box 169

New Sarpy, 70078

(985) 764-7944

(985) 764-7941

(985) 764-7943 FAX

Tim Vial, St. Charles Parish Govt. 985-783-5000

P.O. Box 302, Hanhville, La 70057

Joan Diaz, Executive Director

Barbara Dorsey, LIHEAP Director

Shelia Toney, WAP Director

LIHEAP: St. Charles

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.






Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



St. James Parish Dept. of Human Resources

5153 Canatella St.

P.O. Box 87

Convent, LA 70723

(225) 562-2304

(225) 562-2316

(225) 562-2425 FAX

Timothy P. Roussel, Parish President

Please send all correspondence to

Mrs. Bedar Warren, Assistant Director (Under direction of Parish President Timothy P. Roussel)

Sheila Clayton, LIHEAP Director

Schiwyn Lumar, WAP Director


LIHEAP: St. James

Hours of Operation:

St. John The Baptist, Dept. of

Health & Human Services

128 Central Ave.

Reserve, LA 70084

P.O. Box 2108 Reserve, LA 70084

NOTE: All mail must be sent to

The PO Box for delivery.


(985) 536- 4955

(985) 536-7074 FAX

Cheryl Dennis, LIHEAP Director

Rona Duronslet, WAP Director

LIHEAP: St. John

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m

WAP: Assumption, St. Charles,

St. James, St. John

St. Landry Parish Community

Action Agency

1065 Hwy 749

P.O. Box Drawer 1510

Opelousas, LA 70570

(337) 948-3651

(337) 948-4153 FAX

Director Liheap: Kirsten Thomas     Shelly or Kirsten


Ashley Porter- EO Officer


LIHEAP: St. Landry

Hours of Operation:

WAP: St. Landry

SMILE (St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette) Community Action Agency

501 St. John St.

P.O. Box 3343

Lafayette, LA 70502

(337) 234-3272

(337) 234-3274 FAX

Mike Sorrell, 337-365-8151

Irma Bourgeois, LIHEAP/Field Director ext. 203

Faith in Crowley, Vanessa Williams, Director in Crowley

Darryl Auguster, WAP Director



LIHEAP: Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Jeff. Davis

Hours of Operation:

WAP: Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Jeff. Davis

Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



St. Mary Community Action Agency

1407 Barrow St.

P.O. Box 271

Franklin, LA 70538

(337) 828-5703

(337) 828-5754 FAX

Almetra J. Franklin, CEO

Deidra Lewis, LIHEAP Director

Benny Druilhet, WAP Director


LIHEAP: St. Mary, Vermillion

Hours of Operation:

WAP: St. Mary, Vermillion

St. Tammany Parish Community Action Agency

(Main Office)

520 Old Spanish Trail Suite 3-C

P.O. Box 1609/ 70459

Slidell, LA 70458


St. Tammany Parish CAA

(Covington Office)

1305 N. Florida St.

Covington, LA 70433

WAP Address:

61134 Military Road

Slidell, LA 70461



(985) 646-2090

(985) 643-5843 FAX

(985) 893-3923

(985)- 875 – 3025 FAX

John Tobin, Director of Health and Human Services

Adrienne Smoot , Program Coordinator


Tanja Hill, CAA Manager

Dwight Smith, WAP Director

LIHEAP: St. Tammany

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WAP: Plaquemines, St. Tammany, St. Bernard

Terrebonne Parish

Consolidated Government

Dept of Housing & Human Ser.

809 Barrow St.

P.O. Box 6097

Houma, LA 70361

(985) 873-6817

(985) 873-6434 FAX

Melanie Van Buren, Exec. Director/LIHEAP

Rayanna Smith, WAP Director

LIHEAP: Terrebonne

Hours of Operation:

WAP: Terrebonne






Agency / Address Telephone / Fax Contact / E-Mail Address Parish(es) Served



Total Community Action Agency, Inc.

1420 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.

New Orleans, LA 70125

P.O. Box 13848

New Orleans, LA 70185

LIHEAP-(504) 324-8609

(504) 304-0031 FAX

WAP-(504) 218-5282

Thelma H. French, President/CEO

Robert Ray Guidry, Energy Services Supervisor (Interim)


LIHEAP: Orleans

Hours of Operation:

WAP: Orleans

Union Community Action Association

202 East Water St.

Farmerville, LA 71241

(318) 368-9606

(318) 368-2842 FAX

Diane P. Hill, Exec. Director

Susan Stringer, LIHEAP


Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Vernon Community Action


12286 Lake Charles Hwy

Leesville, LA 71496

(337) 404-7710

(337) 404-7712-Renee

(337) 404-7706 FAX

Renee Brannon, Exec. Director

Deanna Thomason, WAP Director


LIHEAP: Vernon

Hours of Operation:

WAP: Vernon, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu

Webster Parish Police Jury/Office of Community Services

208 Gleason St.

P.O. Box 876

Minden, LA 71058


(318) 377-7022

(318) 377-2870 FAX

(318) 539-5696

Frances W. Harvey, Exec. Director

Judy Ayers LIHEAP Director Miden

LIHEAP: Webster

Hours of Operation:

West Baton Rouge Parish Council/Office of Community Action

883 7th St.

Port Allen, LA 70767

(225) 381-9931

(225) 381-9921 FAX


Phillip Bourgoyne, Exec. Director

Nicole Jacob, LIHEAP Director

LIHEAP: West Baton Rouge

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