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Division of Human Development & Services

4523 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 358-4583 Office
(225) 356-7868 Fax
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F

Paula Merrick Roddy
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The Division of Human Development and Services serves as an advocate for the vulnerable population in East Baton Rouge Parish and provides access to a continuum of comprehensive programs and services that enhance the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the composition of the Division?

The Division is comprised of the Office of Social Services, Office of Community Development, Workforce Investment Program, and the East Baton Rouge Head Start Program.

What is the primary responsibility of the Division?

The Division provides administrative and fiscal management for all social services and community development programs funded by the federal and state governments. The Division employs over 325 and manages 37M in grant funds.

What are the requirements for accessing services?

All programs and services require the customer to meet certain eligibility criteria. In most cases, the customerís household income must fall below the established federal poverty income.

How does the Division respond to new community issues?

The Division is committed to seeking funding opportunities for additional programs and services that respond to prevalent issues that affect the vulnerable population and minimizes their ability to achieve self-sufficiency.