Many students are experiencing distress due to Covid-19. Federal and state resources are being offered to lessen the strain.
All 211 providers across the United States and Canada are operational and continue to connect people with services and resources in their local communities, including people who are in need of financial or other assistance as a result of lost wages from event cancelations, business closures, and quarantines. It assists with finding food, paying house bills, or other essential services.
Recognizing the strong emotions and associated stress many people are feeling with the COVID-19 outbreak, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health has established a free hotline to help Louisianans cope. Call the Keep Calm Through COVID hotline at 1-866-310-7977 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. This line is for counseling only, and people calling for general information should call 211.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is offering information on food assistance programs in Louisiana. You can apply for SNAP (food stamps) here. The amount of money you get is based on your application date, so do not wait to file. You can find more information about SNAP here. Dial 211 to find out what other programs are available in your area.
Dial 211 or contact Assist Agency at (337) 824-7800 for assistance
Catholic Charities 337-439-7436
Boulevard Church of Christ 337-439-9761
Care Help 337-287-4793
West Lake United Methodist Church 337-433-8424
Good Hope Baptist Church 337-433-7403
Please call the food banks to schedule a time to pick up food.
The Louisiana WorkForce Commission's PDF gives instructions on how to file for unemployment. Work search requirements and week of waiting are currently waived. Anyone who's pay has been reduced may be eligible for unemployment. You can file a claim at www.louisianaworks.net/hire.
If you have been laid off from work or faced a reduction in hours, you may be eligible for Medicaid. You can apply online at MyMedicaid.la.gov or by phone by calling 1-888-342-6207.
Evictions are suspended for all tenants in Louisiana until at least May 18, 2020. This date may be extended.. Some properties have additional protection until July 25th. If you need help paying rent, dial 211.
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Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance due to Covid-19, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020. You may also be entitled to more financial aid if Covid-19 has affected your family's financial situation. Beware of student loan scams and only get your information from federal .gov websites.