We have put together a resource page for our nonprofit organizations as you begin to identify needs and next steps for disaster preparedness.
2017 LAW ALICE REPORT
United Ways throughout Louisiana have come together to give an identity and voice to people who work hard yet still struggle to make ends meet – people we call ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE lives in every parish in Louisiana.
This report shows us that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are ALICE or live below the ALICE Threshold. This means that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are not earning enough to “get by” based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of monthly expenses for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and taxes. These ALICE families are working hard but are one small emergency away from a major financial crisis.
For those writing grants, this is a great source of data about the parishes your respectively serve.
To access more information about ALICE, click on the links below:
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Advocacy Center of Louisiana- The Advocacy Center of Louisiana protects, empowers, and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
LA 2-1-1– A single access point for every day needs and in times of crisis. 2-1-1 can offer access to the following types of services: Basic Human Needs Resources, Physical and Mental Health Resources, Employment Support, Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities, Support for Children, Youth and Families and Volunteer opportunities and donations.
Louisiana Civil Justice Center- In the event of a disaster, LCJC plays a key role in disaster response, coordination and the delivery of legal services. LCJC in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association is designed to respond quickly to justice issues in emergency situations through its legal aid hotline. LCJC’s goal is the staff the hotline as soon as possible after a disaster to quickly and effectively provide the assistance to the people of the 64 parishes of Louisiana.
Louisiana VOAD- LAVOAD is a strong component of the Disaster cycle (Planning and mitigation through Long-Term Recovery) and a fierce advocate for those who need guidance.
Through partnerships with local, State and Federal Government response agencies, LAVOAD is able to help diminish the immediate and ongoing trauma that occurs in the wake of disaster and catastrophe.
Disaster Assistance– Assistance for the State and Affected Local and Tribal Governments Can Include as Required:
- Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
- Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
SAMHSA Disaster Distress National Help Line: 1-800-985-5990 or text: talkwithus to 66746
Peace of Mind: U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims, The Associated Press reports. The money is for counseling, education and development of coping skills. The state will be responsible for distributing the money from FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program. Program funds generally go to community-based shelters, community centers and churches. In some cases, in-person services are made available at survivors’ homes. Earlier this week, FEMA announced funding for free crisis counseling for storm-affected children, administered by the state health department.