Disaster Relief Resources

Federal Assistance: 
There are four ways a homeowner, renter or survivor make seek federal assistance:
– Call the recovery call center directly at 1-800-621-3362
– Downloand the FEMA mobile app from your smartphone’s App Store 
– Visit www.disasterassistance.gov and complete an application 
– Complete an application in person with a trained FEMA representative

– The North Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Recovery Center is located at New Hope Baptist Church- 5856 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Food Aid: 
The  Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) provides eligible low- to moderate-income households – who do not normally receive SNAP benefits – with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. 
Pre- register for Disaster SNAP assistance at: www.dcfs.la.goc/preregister or by phone at 1-888-524-3578 7a-7p. Choose options 3 and 3.
Phase Two of distribution will service East Baton Rouge Parish and is set to begin Monday August 29th and conclude on Saturday, September 3rd. 
Locations: 
FG Clark Activity Center 
798 Harding Boulevard 
 
Council on Aging Capital City Event Center 
6955 Florida Boulevard 
 
Gloryland Baptist Church 
6745 Greenwell Springs Road
 
Louisiana Leadership Institute 
5763 Hooper Road 

Shelter Options: Louisiana officials have implemented a three-pronged plan to assist flood victims shift into the next phase of housing needs. See details of each below. 
Manufactured Housing Units Program (MHUs)
HUD-approved mobile homes that will be made available for people to stay in for up to 18 months. Manufactured homes range from one- to three-bedroom units and are provided based on household size pre-disaster. They can be placed on private property or pre-existing commercial parks. As a last resort, officials may create group sites maintained by FEMA.
Eligibility: Criteria is based on location, FEMA requirements and local zoning, among other factors. Criteria includes having property damage in excess of $17,000 or renters whose rental homes were destroyed.
How to apply: FEMA will identify people who have applied for disaster assistance and meet initial criteria for manufactured housing and whether they are interested in the program. Disaster assistance can be applied for online at disasterassistance.gov, calling (800) 621-FEMA or in person at a disaster recovery center.

Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MFLRP)
FEMA will work to identify potential buildings that, with FEMA assistance, could be quickly repaired to go back into commerce and offered as temporary housing for FEMA applicants. Each site must have been previously used as multifamily housing and contain five or more rental units and be able to be repaired within two months. FEMA will then work to match up those who need housing with the new properties.
Eligibility: Those eligible to move into temporary rental properties opened through the program would face varied criteria, similar to the manufactured housing.
How to apply: Property owners can contact FEMA at (225) 382-1464 or fema-ia-dhops@fema.dhs.gov. For those who need housing, FEMA will identify people who have applied for disaster assistance and meet initial criteria and whether they are interested in the program. Disaster assistance can be applied for online at disasterassistance.gov, calling (800) 621-FEMA or in person at a disaster recovery center.

Shelter at Home Program
A program that gives eligible individuals or families the opportunity to stay in their homes while they rebuild.
Eligibility: Single-family, owner-occupied properties are eligible if up to $15,000 in repairs would allow them to live in their damaged homes while more permanent repairs are made. Floodwaters cannot have exceeded 2 feet above the floor of the main living area, unless an exception is granted on a case-by-case basis. All people interested in this program must apply individually (separately from registering with FEMA or SBA or filing a flood insurance claim with NFIP)
How to apply: The state will announce a website and phone number Monday. This application process is separate from the FEMA and SBA registration and must be done in addition to those applications.

Emotional Support: 
Louisiana Spirit is a federally-funded Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program for individuals, families and groups most affected by the disaster. Louisiana Spirit provides adult and child needs assessment and referral to additional disaster relief services or mental health or substance abuse treatment, counseling goals to assist disaster survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions, mitigate stress, review their disaster recovery options, and provide general support/information on resources and services available. The program encourages linkage with other individuals and agencies that may assist them in their recovery process while they strive to return to their pre-disaster level of functioning.
To speak with a Louisiana Spirit crisis counselor, call 1-866-310-7977.