Katrina Networking

I am using my networking and marketing skills to pass along vital information to organizations, volunteers and survivors of the 2005 hurricane season. Grants, networking, advocating, assistance resources, articles and more. Updated regularly to better assist you.

Friday, March 23, 2007

LA Assistance

One Stop Shopping
3/12 Families Helping Families of Greater NOLA - Post Katrina Resource Guide
55 pages of GREAT resources.

Job Assistance
Back To Work! New Orleans LA (searchable) http://www.nola.com/backtowork/
Working in Lousiana http://www.laworks.net/

Child Care
1/10 LA 4H Child Care Assistance

1/18 Food Banks
Food Bank of Central Louisiana
3223 Baldwin Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: 318.445.2773
Contact: Jayne Wright
Lagniappe du Coeur Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
5546 Choctaw Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: 225.359.9940
Contact: De Shion York
Northwest Louisiana Food Bank
2307 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
Phone: 318.675.2400
Second Harvesters Food Bank
1201 Sams Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70123
Phone: 504.734.1322 ext.211
Contact: Ken Woodson
Tangi Daily Bread
206 East Charles Street
Hammond, LA 70401
Phone: 504.542.7407
Contact: Rocky Plus
1/25 Community Meal
New Community Center serving Hot Meals 7 days a week in the Lower 9th
Goin’ Home Community Café
Where: 6030 St. Claude Avenue (corner of St. Claude and Tupelo)
When: Seven Days a week beginning Monday January 22nd, 2007!!!
Monday thru Friday Breakfast 7-9, Lunch 12-2 and Dinner 6-8
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11-1 and Dinner 4-7
Who: Emergency Communities
FREE Facilities: Book Library, Laundry Room, and Kid’s Space
FREE Services: Gutting, General Labor, Rebuilding Assistance
Coming Soon: Internet Access, Tool Library, and Movie Night
Contact us with questions and concerns: Matt (site manager) (917) 853-7877

Rental Assistance
From Marlene
Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. LHFA has setup a housing program where eligible residents are given vouchers to help with basic housing needs. The voucher can provide eligible residents with more housing opportunities and choices.
Just the Facts:
Low-income residents must be displaced by a recent disaster
Must be registered with FEMA
Must live in one of 11 parishes
Provides 12-months rental assistance for emergency housing
Can be used for rent and security deposits
Homes must meet U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards
Voucher is provided to the tenant not the property
Eligible applicants are allowed to move from one residence to another
Applications are available through Public Housing Authorities (PHAs)
Information listed subject to change, contact LHFA for more details.
Income Limits:
1 person $29,300
2 person $33,500
3 person $37,650
4 person $41,850
2415 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 • Phone: 225-763-8700 • Toll Free 888-454-2001 • Fax: 225-763-8710
12/27 Booker T Community Outreach http://www.hud.gov/local/la/community/diffinmonroe.cfm Help for home owners, renters, buying a home, utility payment assistance.

Helping Hands Organization
Now Offering Utility Payment Assistance, Housing, Food Assistance
If you are disabled, elderly or homeless, call today and see if you qualify for our program.
For more information call 225-299-9384 Ms. N. Wilson

For Disabled
1/25 Louisiana Answers
Louisiana Answers isdesigned to assist older adults and persons with disabilities in locating supportive services and resources in order to continue living as they choose in their community.
Please contact the toll-free Louisiana information, referral andassistance line at 800-738-2256 or at www.LouisianaAnswers.com.
Families Helping Families Groups in Louisiana
FHF - Crossroads is working to meet the immediate needs (diapers, clothing, medical equipment) of individuals with disabilities who were affected by the hurricanes.
Louisiana Disability Information Resource
Information for people with disabilities and their families who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina Disability Information
305 Baronne Street, Suite 400
New Orleans, LA 70112-1617
(504) 523-7325 (Voice/TTY)
(800) 695-7325 (Voice/TTY in LA only)
E-mail: DanUnderw1@aol.com
11/20 Assistance for LA Disabled http://advocacyla.org/ (from Jenni)
The Advocacy Center is Louisiana's protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities.
1010 Common Street, Ste 2600 New Orleans, LA 504-522-2337 1-800-960-7705

General Assistance
3/25/07 Adopt a Family for LA
1/18 Business Assistance
Louisiana Business Assistance
Do you need financial assistance and professional guidance, but your business does not have the funds to support it? Well, believe it or not, your business may qualify for FREE financial assistance and FREE professional guidance. http://www.alldaycpa.com/certified-small-business.Asp
1/18 NOLA Bound
"NOLA Bound is easing the process of negotiating the overwhelmingdetails of moving home and giving residents the opportunity to askquestions directly to people who can help them get their plan inplace. The way home starts by calling NOLA Bound."
Greater New Orleans Area residents living outside Louisiana can call toll-free, 1-877-PLAN4LA (752-6452) to speak with a NOLA Bound planning partner Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
The NOLA Bound call center will provide displaced Greater New Orleans Area residents with personal planning assistance and support in identifying individual steps toward making a successful transition back to New Orleans. NOLA Bound will offer personal attention for residents seeking specific information about the rebuilding and recovery progress of their city as well as the status of neighborhoods and communities, including open businesses, rebuilding updates, jobs,school and child care openings, health care facilities and informationabout housing.
A Recovery Authority
The planning and coordinating body that was created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana.
11/18 LA Resource Clearinghouse http://www.louisianahelp.org/ The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation has been established in order to help provide assistance to our citizens in need through a network of Louisiana charities, non-profit and governmental agencies, including clearinghouses like the Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster).
1-877-HELPLA1 (877-435-7521) CONTACT: Cliff Mintz, 202.416.6116 (work)
For more information or to apply for a grant, go to: http://www.louisianahelp.org
The Salvation Army (at least in Slidell, LA) is giving out voucher worth up to$1,500 for furniture. Hours to call for appointment: M-F, 8am - 11am and 1pm - 3pm Phone numbers to call for appointment: 985-781-3580 985-781-3991 take a picture ID, FEMA application, Social Security card and utility bill.
Nola Future Hope
http://nolafuturehope.org/ Providing basic temporary housing and daily needs for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.The N.O.L.A. Hope Center will be providing temporary housing, meals, daycare, and tutoring for homeless residents of New Orleans who have stayed or returned and need assistance while they renovate their home or find a new home.
LA Family Recovery Corp
Contact this agency for referral to more agencies.... Will help you get a case manager -
225-381-3915 in Baton Rouge or 504-301-3420 in New Orleans
New Orleans 800-749-2673
Baton Rouge 877-923-2114
Lake Charles 866-310-4636
Lafayette 866-778-2618
Shreveport 866-823-9615
Monroe 800-644-9886

The Road Home - GOOD Resource
How To Apply For The Road Home Funding
1-888-ROAD-2-LA (1-888-762-3252) or
TTY: use 7-1-1 relay or 1-800-846-5277 (TTY) /
1-800-947-5277 (V)

Road Home Centers
Calcasieu Parish
1417 E. Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Cameron Parish
1161 Highway 384
Grand Lake, LA 70605

East Baton Rouge Parish
7850 Anselmo Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

2400 Veteran's Boulevard
Suite # 300
Kenner, LA 70062

1555 Poydras Street
Suite #9
New Orleans, LA 70112

New Orleans East
4949 Bullard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70128

7976 A-B Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

St. Bernard
3002 Jean Lafitte Pkwy
Chalmette, LA 70043

St. Tammany
3127 Pontchartrain Drive
Slidell, LA 70458

5058 West Main Street
Houma, LA 70360

America Legion Bldg.
605 North Gin Street
Erath, LA 70533

6260 West Park Drive
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77057

LA Rebuilds
A portal that provides an entrance to the services, resources, support networks, and other vital information to help residents and businesses rebuild their lives, their communities, and their state.
For more information on our State Coalitions Partners and nationalnetwork of housing organization members, please contact KimSchaffer, NLIHC State Coalitions Director at the National Low IncomeHousing Coalition at kim@nlihc.org or at 202-662-1530 x 232.
1/3 - new stuff added to their site:
Access NOPD crime maps, crime forums, and police logs on the new Public Safety section of LouisianaRebuilds.info. Keep up to date with issues in wetlands and levee protection, and find hurricane preparedness information as well.
New in Homeowners
The Hope for Homeowners program can help homeowners facing foreclosure with assistance and resources to help you get back on track. Call the home ownership hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE for immediate assistance 24/7.
Road Home Rethinks Appraisals
Road Home Feedback
Read what people are saying about the Road Home program. http://www.louisianarebuilds.info/homeowners#financial
New in Business Assistance
Louisiana Small Business Retention Program
The LRA and the Department of Economic Development have announced a proposal to use recovery funds to create a $100 million grant program for small businesses. Pending final approval of the proposed amendment, the state expects to begin accepting applications in early January 2007. Sign up through the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to be notified when the program is open.
New in our Contractor Guide
Every Saturday from 12-3 PM the Common Ground Collective offers free legal advice and contract review services at 1415 Franklin Avenue and North Robertson. Assistance is available only with an in-person visit.
New in Local Services
Recycling in New Orleans Recycling in New Orleans is now available. Download this directory to find out where you can recycle in the New Orleans area. http://www.louisianarebuilds.info/localservices#debris

Phone Numbers for Help
LA Legal Assistance http://www.lawhelp.org/LA/
The American Bar Association is offering its services for hurricane relief. In Louisiana, call 1-800-310-7029.
Cleanup: Hotline for free debris pickup from hurricane in Orleans Parish (800)849-1355
Army Corp of Engineers.
Cleaning: To set up pickup by CERES Environmental to pick up vegetation, building materials and large appliances in unincorporated Jefferson Parish and Lafitte call (888)376-2220 or(985)359-3017
Temporary roof repairs: Call (888)ROOF-BLU (766-3258), or go to www.usace.army.mil
For blue roof problems call (866)632-0030, 7 AM to 7 PM weekdays and 9 AM to 5:30 PM weekends.
If you had a claim pending in one of the closed New Orleans area offices, Social Security needs your current address & phone number, call toll free 1-800-772-1213.
Small Business Administration: (800)659-2955 or www.sba.gov
Louisiana Department of Insurance (800)259-5300 or (225)342-1258
If you do not know your insurance company's phone number, look it up by going to the LA Department of Inusrane's website at www.ldi.state.la.us and clicking on "Hurricane Katrina and Rita." then click on "Contract information."

The website of the Insurance Information Institute also lists numbers: www.disasterinformation.org/findins.htm

The phone numbers of the larger insurance companies operating in Louisiana are
Allstate: (800)547-8676
Farm Bureau: (800)772-6535
State Farm: (800)732-5246
Citizens Property Insurance Corp: (800)931-9548

For storm releated information in St. Tammany call (985)898-2323
· To get in contact with your company or employees – go to www.findyourneworleansemployer.com.
· If you are or were a federal employee impacted by Hurricane Katrina - call 1-800-307-8298 or go to www.opm.gov/katrina.
· The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing temporary roof repairs. Call (888)766-3258 · For more information on Blue Roof Program, call 1-800-ROOF-BLU
· Teleregistration/Helpline: www.fema.gov or (800)621-3362.
Service Repair Phone Numbers
· Entergy Corp: To report a power outage, call (800)968-8243.
· To report a power-related emergency, call (800)368-3749. For updates on power restoration go to www.entergy.com/corp/.
· Cox Communications: www.cox.com and click on "Important Storm Information about Hurricanes Rita and Katrina."
BellSouth Corp: www.bellsouth.com or call (800)737-2478 for repairs
If you need help with demolition or building permits The phone numbers of parish permitting offices are as follows:
Orleans: (504)658-7100
Jefferson: (504)736-6957 and (504)364-3515
St. Bernard: (504)278-4310
St. Tammany: (985)898-2574, (985)646-4166
Post Katrina Disaster Electrical Repairs Replace or Recondition?
Some items may be reconditioned, while others will need to be completely replaced to protect your family. It is recommended that you allow an electician or elctrical inspector to guide the restoration or replacement of any electrical wiring or equipment.
Corrosion and insulation damage can occur when water and silt get inside electical devices and products. Water can also damage the motors in electrical appliances.
Therefore, you should be prepared to replace:
1. Circuit Breakers
2. All electrical wiring systems
3. Light switches, thermostats, outlets, light fixtures, electric heaters, ceiling fans.
4. Furnace burner and blowers motors, ignition transformers, elements, relays (for furnaces and hot water tanks)
5. Hot water tanks
6. Washing machines, dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, vacuums, power tools, exercise equipment and similar appliances
7. Electronic equipment, including computers and home entertainment systems.
*Underwriters laboratories Inc. publishes guidelines that address flood damaged electrical equipment and wiring.

To find a licensed mold clean-up contractor call 1-866-310-7879 or visit http://www.lslbc.state.la.us/findcontractor.asp .

Keep the following tips in mind when hiring a contractor:
1. Contact the LSLBC, Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors for Do's and Don'ts when hiring a contractor.
2. Check with your insurance agent for referrals.
3. Get the contractor's business name and address.
4. Get in writing the estimated start and completion dates and the total amount to be paid when the work is done.
Never pay more than 10% of the total cost down at the beginning of the job.

Debris Removal: To contact the Louisiana Homeland Security Debris Hotline, please call 1-866-617-1780 or visit online at http://www.ohsep.louisiana.gov/ .

Other Resource Pages
Education Assistance Elderly
Emotional Resources
Family Resources
Furniture and More
Grandfamily/Single Parent ResourcesGrants for Individuals - does not include homeowner or repair grants
Home/Utility LA Family Resources
Medical ResourcesMortgage Resources

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