Recovery Assistance

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
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 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

Baton Rouge

Lake Charles



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 moreThis site takes you through four phases of financial recovery and offers additional options for financial aid. less