Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications
$300,000 in emergency grants now available for nonprofit organizations in affected areas
New Orleans, LA | September 3, 2012 - The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced today the availability of $300,000 to nonprofit organizations working to meet the most pressing needs of individuals and families in the following parishes: Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrbonne.
The grants from this fund are to provide direct relief in the form of food, water, and clothing in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Isaac throughout the region. “These resources are to help those who need immediate assistance,” said Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “We are funding nonprofit organizations that are helping people who have faced incredible hardships and need life’s basics like food, water, and shelter.”
Organizations that wish to apply can access the application on the Foundation’s website here. Grants from this fund will average between $5,000 and $10,000 and the Foundation will continue to make grants until all the funds have been expended.
Applications are also available at the offices of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation serving the 13-parish Greater New Orleans region. We design and lead initiatives that improve the region, connect donors to community needs, identify and support great nonprofits, and strengthen civil society. www.gnof.org
Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess has received confirmation that Tangipahoa Parish has been declared for Individual Assistance. Individuals can call for assistance at 1-800-621-3362.
BATON ROUGE, La. – More Louisianians can now apply for federal and state disaster assistance, as Tangipahoa Parish was added Wednesday to the major disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in Tangipahoa Parish may register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance and report their uninsured or underinsured property damage or destruction from the storm.
“We know there was significant damage in Tangipahoa Parish due to Hurricane Isaac and we want to help,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall. “Survivors in the parish should register with FEMA so we can start getting assistance to the parish as soon as possible.”
In the week since the major disaster declaration for Louisiana, Individual Assistance (IA) has been made available in 11 parishes: Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John and St. Tammany, and now Tangipahoa.
Disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured individuals may include:
Grants to help pay for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make a home habitable;
Grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance;
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Survivors can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Tangipahoa residents affected by the hurricane should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization or local community or church organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card. They will be asked to provide:
Social Security number
Address of the damaged home or apartment
Description of the damage
Information about insurance coverage
A current contact telephone number
An address where they can get mail
Bank account and routing numbers if they want direct deposit of any financial assistance.
For more information on Louisiana disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. You can follow FEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA. Also visit our blog at www.fema.gov/blog.
RUMORS VS FACTS ON FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR HURRICANE ISAAC SURVIVORS
RUMOR: There’s no easy way to get true, reliable info about FEMA’s disaster aid programs.
FACT: Straight answers and plain facts are available from the disaster aid program experts on FEMA’s Help Line. Call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to learn about disaster assistance programs and to register for aid. You can talk with multilingual experts every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
RUMOR: It’s hard to register for FEMA disaster assistance.
FACT: There are three ways to register for disaster assistance. Call 1-800-621-3362; TTY 1-800-462-7585; online, visit www.disasterassistance.gov or go to m.fema.gov via web-enabled phone. Users of 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 1-800-621-3362.
Louisiana residents who live in parishes designated for federal assistance — Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John and St. Tammany — are urged to register with FEMA as soon as possible.
RUMOR: It takes a long time for disaster aid to reach survivors.
FACT: FEMA already has Individual Assistance specialists on the ground in Louisiana, and they have already approved more than $1.8 million in assistance to survivors. They will continue to process assistance for eligible survivors as applications are received.
RUMOR: Survivors can’t register for FEMA assistance if they have insurance.
FACT: Survivors may be eligible for FEMA disaster aid for their uninsured and underinsured losses and damage.
RUMOR: Renters can’t get FEMA aid.
FACT: Renters whose homes were made unlivable by a disaster may be eligible for FEMA disaster grants, including rental assistance and other disaster-related needs.
RUMOR: When survivors register, they immediately qualify and receive payments from FEMA.
FACT: After survivors register, their completed applications are reviewed, and an inspector may call to schedule an inspection at their home. If survivors are eligible for assistance, they should receive a U.S. Treasury/State check or notification of a direct deposit to their bank accounts. Other types of assistance may be provided later, based on specific eligibility and need.
RUMOR: FEMA is issuing survivors $200 checks for food and $400 checks for electricity.
FACT: FEMA does not issue checks for food or electricity.
RUMOR: FEMA is issuing food stamps to Hurricane Isaac survivors.
FACT: The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services’ (DCFS) will begin on Sept. 5 taking applications for disaster food stamps, now known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP). Survivors can apply by calling 1-888-524-3578.
RUMOR: It takes weeks before a FEMA housing inspector visits.
FACT: On this recovery operation, it is taking only two to three days for an inspector to call and schedule a property inspection.
RUMOR: Only businesses can get low-interest disaster loans from SBA.
FACT: SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes (including landlords) and private nonprofit organizations for disaster damages not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
RUMOR: Immigrants do not qualify for federal assistance.
FACT: It’s true that applicants must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or a qualified alien to be eligible for FEMA grants. However, aid may be available if someone registers on behalf of a child in the home who is a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien.
RUMOR: FEMA is paying to remove debris from private property.
FACT: FEMA is reviewing whether this program will be available for Hurricane Isaac damage.
RUMOR: Survivors with roof damage can get free tarps through Operation Blue Roof.
FACT: The official “Blue Roof” program is not launched but some voluntary organizations are providing tarps for damaged homes. Contact Louisiana 2-1-1 for more information.
More information about this disaster is available online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.getagameplan.org.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.