DISASTER RECOVERY

 Recovery Assistance 

Returning Homeimage

Returning home can be both physically and mentally challenging. moreAbove all, use caution.You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. less

Second Harvest Food Bankimage

Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. moreOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger.Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. less

Habitat for Humanity: A Brush with Kindness Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is addressing blight throughout their new A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program. moreABWK is an exterior home preservation service that provides painting, landscaping and minor repair services for homeowners in need.It helps low-income homeowners with the exterior of their homes.ABWK volunteers will help homeowners with exterior painting, exterior handicap ramps and other accessibility needs, minor exterior repairs, yard-clean-up& landscaping, and sidewalk repairs. less

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for individuals and families to purchase their own home through their First Time Homebuyers Program. moreYou can call (504) 609-3340 to make an appointment to determine if requirements are met and schedule an assessment. less

New Orleans Family Justice Centerimage

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location. moreThewhere we all work y work to meet the needs of family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking survivors through comprehensive and accessible services, education and perpetrator-accountability. less

Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New Orleansimage

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides children in need between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.

Road Home Appealsimage

The LRA has agreed to reopen appeals for applicants who believe their Road Home appeal was lost in the shuffle, or that they were never able to exercise their right to appeal because their case was stuck in “Dispute Resolution.” more

The LRA and OCD will review these cases to ensure that homeowners received due process under the Road Home and that cases did not fall through the cracks.

For your case to be considered, you can do one of three things:
Note the suggestions from the Citizens Road Home Action Team (CHAT)
  • Email info@louisianarecoveryauthority.org with “Road Home Appeal” in the subject line
    CHAT suggests that you cc: chatlra@yahoo.com to send a copy to them for the record
  • Call (225) 342-1700 to find out how to request an appeal
    CHAT suggests that you DO NOT CALL – operators are not familiar with appeals at this time
  • Mail a letter to:
    Louisiana Recovery Authority
    ATTN: Ty Larkins
    150 Third Street, Suite 200
    Baton Rouge, LA, 70801
    (certified mail is best; save the receipt)
    CHAT suggests that you fax a copy to them at 504-988-1763 for the record
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Road Home Mitigation Grantimage

The Road Home mitigation grant program, which has not yet been finalized, will offer up to $7500 to homeowners for storm protection improvements. moreThis grant is available to all homeowners, including those with no storm damage.You must complete the full Road Home application process to be eligible for this grant. less

How to file for post-hurricane financial aidimage

A thorough explanation of the process of filing for financial aid presented by Bankrate.com. moreThis site takes you through four phases of financial recovery and offers additional options for financial aid. less


Resources and Assistance

Second Harvest Food Bankimage

Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. moreOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger.Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. less

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for individuals and families to purchase their own home through their First Time Homebuyers Program. moreYou can call (504) 609-3340 to make an appointment to determine if requirements are met and schedule an assessment. less

New Orleans Family Justice Centerimage

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location. moreThewhere we all work y work to meet the needs of family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking survivors through comprehensive and accessible services, education and perpetrator-accountability. less

The Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Centerimage

The Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center, or DHECC, is the new program that replaces the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) that closed up in early 2012. moreThis new program is expected to offer better settlement terms to claimants and an accelerated payment process. less

Assistance Grants for those Affected by River Floodingimage

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is taking Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) for the Mississippi River Flooding Events. moreGovernor Jindal requested federal assistance for this event on May 5, 2011.This event was declared an incident by FEMA on May 6, 2011 under incident # FEMA-3322-EM.Completing the RPA is the first step necessary to get reimbursed for eligible Public Assistance activities performed during the incident period under the declaration.The incident period started on April 25th and is continuing. less

Coastal Vitality Projectimage

GNO Inc has created the Coastal Vitality project as a resource for those affected by the Oil Spill from the Deepwater Horizon – This site answers short and long-term questions and helps people find the resources they need.
Some areas addressed by the site:

  • Detailed information on accessing Gulf Coast Claims Facility/BP Claims, including organizations providing technical assistance
  • Detailed information on Workforce Training and Worker Support Programs available to fishery and other impacted workers
  • Comprehensive information on resources and services available for small businesses in Louisiana
  • Parish-specific information on resources in impacted communities
  • Industry Forecasts of economic sectors impacted by the oil spill

Be the One – Restore the Gulfimage

This program to require the Federal Government and BP to commit to spend the money needed to restore the gulf.

GNO Inc's list of resources re:the Oil Spillimage

GNO Inc., the regions economic development agency, has compiled a listing of important spill resources.

Where Ya Rackimage

Having recently installed their 100th bike rack, Where Ya’ Rack is a project of the Young Leadership Council to help spread bike racks all around New Orleans.

Modest Needsimage

Modest Needs offers grants of up to $1,000 to help people meet unexpected and potentially catastrophic expenses such as an unexpected auto repair, unanticipated trip to the doctor, or an unusually large utility bill&#46 For information or to apply, visit www&#46modestneeds&#46org&#46

Louisiana Food Banks and Food Bank Distributionimage

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans sponsors a food banks in New Orleans three times a week in the Upper Ninth Ward. moreThe program is available to low income residents that have a valid Louisiana state I.D.The distribution center gives boxes of food once a month to eligible residents according to size of the family.The free food packages include produce, dried foods, and meats.

Distribution Center
MON, WED, FRI from 1PM TO 3PM
1423 Pauline Street (504) 599-9499
Bishops Henry and Ella O’Neill – program directors

Total Community Action (TCA) coordinates a quarterly food give-away sponsored by Second Harvest.Residents must register with TCA and show a valid Louisiana state I.D.and proof of income (employment, social security, unemployment, etc…).Packages of dry and canned goods are distributed according to size of family.Call (504) 872-0337.

For information about food banks throughout Louisiana, download the most recent list of active food banks from Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana at http://www.no-hunger.org/AgencyInfo/agency_list.pdf or call (504) 734-1322. less

Louisiana Spirit Free Crisis Counselingimage

Individuals in need of crisis counseling can call Louisiana Spirit toll-free at 1-866-310-7977moreCallers can expect to speak with counselors who will then make appropriate referrals for counseling and other services. less

Louisiana 211 Information and Referral Serviceimage

211 Information and Referral provides a 24 hour, comprehensive community resource information and referral service&#46 Counselors are available 24/7 and can provide referrals for food banks, utility assistance, medical care, job training, elder care, disability assistance, afterschool programs, tutoring, and more&#46 211 can also refer residents to organizations offering tax preparation assistance&#46 Dial 2-1-1 from a land line or the 800 numbers listed below for the respective cities. more

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 less

How to file for post-hurricane financial aidimage

A thorough explanation of the process of filing for financial aid presented by Bankrate.com. moreThis site takes you through four phases of financial recovery and offers additional options for financial aid. less


Social Services

New Orleans Family Justice Centerimage

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location. moreThewhere we all work y work to meet the needs of family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking survivors through comprehensive and accessible services, education and perpetrator-accountability. less

Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New Orleansimage

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides children in need between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.

PHOENIX of NEW ORLEANS or PNOLAimage

PNOLA provides rebuilding assistance to homeowners with limited financial resources to help them move back home. moreThrough their Housing Recovery Program they provide direct assistance as well as project management services to these homeowners.In doing so they leverage their construction expertise as well as their volunteers’ time to ensure homeowner retention, provide access to affordable rentals, and assist first time homebuyers by greatly reducing the cost barriers to recovery. less

St. Paul's Homecoming Center / Beacon of Hope

St&#46 Paul’s Homecoming Center Beacon of Hope was originally established in Lakeview as a Katrina Disaster Response Center and is now re-locating to Gentilly&#46 The Center serves as a hub for the residents of Gentilly providing numerous services such as computers with internet access, fax, free notary public, volunteer services, case management (helping residents find needed items or resources), and assistance finding contractors and other rebuilding needs. moreThe Center is located at 1509 Filmore Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122

Rebuilding Services Provided: Volunteer services for non-skilled home tasks
Area Served: Gentilly
Eligibility: Case-by-case basis
Contact Info: 504-644-4125 less

Case Management for St. Bernard Residentsimage

BlueStone Ministries offers case management services and counseling to St&#46 Bernard residents. moreBlueStone Ministries points individuals and families to specific resources available for recovery, and helps answer questions regarding options and services that meet individuals’ needs.BlueStone Ministries also offers pastoral and crisis counseling to evaluate emotional and spiritual well-being.Services provided by BlueStone Ministries are available at the Community Center of St Bernard, 1107 LeBeau St.in Arabi, on Thursdays from 10AM – 1 PM.All services are free and no appointment is needed.For more information call 504-473-7092less

Hope House New Orleansimage

Hope House offers a variety of programs for Orleans Parish residents including utility assistance for residents in the 70130 zip code with a disconnect notice, transitional housing for families with children, an emergency food bank, a GED program, and a resource center with free computer use. moreThe Center is located at 916 St.Andrew St.in New Orleans.Visit the website or call (504) 525-2561 for more information. less

Sweet Home New Orleansimage

Sweet Home New Orleans is a non-profit agency that offers social services, financial assistance, and relocation assistance to the city’s musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, and Social Aid & Pleasure Club members. moreServices include financial assistance to help pay for medical or utility bills, referrals for mental health care and legal assistance, rental assistance, and more.Sweet Home New Orleans is located at 831 Elysian Fields Ave.(between Dauphine and Burgundy).For more information, visit the website or call 504-596-4098. less

Catholic Charities Child and Family Servicesimage

Catholic Charities offers a variety of after-school and summer activities for children including After School Assembly, Head Start, and Summer Witness camp. moreVisit the website for more information or call Catholic Charities at (504) 523-3755. less

St. Bernard Projectimage

The St&#46 Bernard Project offers rebuilding assistance to the elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children who have a house in St&#46 Bernard. more

Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: St.Bernard
Eligibility: Elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children
Contact Info: 504-277-6831
Services are dependent on available volunteers

Those interested in volunteering can register online or email volunteer@stbernardproject.org. less

Community Center of St Bernardimage

The Community Center of St&#46 Bernard provides various resources for residents of the greater New Orleans area including free computer and internet access, distribution of nonperishable food items, weekly community meals, free long distance phone calls, free legal aid, wireless internet access, and more.
1107 LeBeau Street
Arabi, LA 70032
Call (504) 281-2512 or email ccsb@ccsb.org.

St. Anna’s Medical Missionimage

St&#46 Anna’s Mobile Medical Unit travels to various areas in and around New Orleans to provide healthcare to vulnerable populations, with a focus on uninsured, homeless, and immigrant adults. moreThe unit serves the Treme Neighborhood, the St.Roch area, the Lower 9th Ward, 7th Ward, Downtown, Metairie, and Arabi.

Click the link for locations and schedules.Call (504) 232.4403 for more information. less

Southern Mutual Help Associationimage

SMHA helps people develop strong, healthy, prosperous rural communities in Louisiana. more

Services Provided: Volunteer labor for hurricane related rebuilding and home repairs
Area Served: South Louisiana, including Lafitte Parish, affected by Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Ike
Eligibility: Homeowners must have their own funding for materials and required professional services
Contact Info: 337-367-3277 less