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SMILE Community Action Agency Homeless Shelter

  • Community Resource, Homeless Shelter, Social Work in Acadiana

What is SMILE?

Many people don’t realize that the word “SMILE” stands for the three parishes – St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette – that the Community Action Agency serves in south central Louisiana. The “E” is added to make the acronym that has served as a symbol of hope to those in need.


The St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette Community Action Agency – or SMILE Community Action Agency – or just SMILE – is part of a legacy that dates back to the 1960s. That’s when President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs were enacted, resulting in the creation of community action agencies nationwide.


The Agency’s community action motto, “People Helping People,” rings across the land, just like it does here in the heart of a region known internationally for its rich culture and traditions. While its spicy cuisine and zydeco music are popular ingredients that draw in tourists, the tri-parish region has had its woes of economic hardships and socioeconomic ills. And yet, SMILE remains the tri-parish’s leading anti-poverty agency – dedicated to making a difference – dedicated to making people “smile” in St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette Parishes.


An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Call 337-234-3272 X 207

Practice Address

501 St. John Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

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    Resource Type(s)

  • Community Resource,
  • Homeless Shelter,
  • Social Work,

    Ages Served

  • All Ages

    Payment(s) Accepted

  • No Cost

    Zip Codes

  • 70501


  • Provides the homeless with the opportunity to make the transition out of poverty. Also provides social and maintenance assistance. SMILE’s Housing Services also include 3 Family Transitional Shelters.