Hurricane Ida Recovery Resources and Information
Debris Removal Updates & Final Pass Information:
- Regular debris collections will temporarily pause beginning Saturday, November 20th in preparation for the final pass, which is set to begin Monday, December 6th.
- Residents are asked to move any remaining debris to the right of way before December 6 to be included in the final pass. Debris should be placed away from any utilities equipment, mailboxes or low hanging trees or power lines.
- To have debris removed during final pass, parish officials ask residents to report their address to the parish Citizen Service Center by placing a work order online or by calling 225-562-2500.
- Residents will be asked to specify if their debris is storm related or regular tree trimmings. Call Center representatives will take work orders for the Town of Lutcher, Town of Gramercy and the unincorporated areas of the parish.
- The residential debris drop off point at the Vacherie Transfer Site will remain open, with the exception of holiday closures from Wednesday, November 24 to Monday, November 29.
Legal Assistance Available to Hurricane Ida Survivors
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for those in Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Ida. The service, which provides legal referral information for low-income individuals with disaster legal needs, is a partnership between the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call 1-800-310-7029 to learn of the available civil legal resources in their area. The hotline will be staffed by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), SLLS provides free civil legal aid to vulnerable people in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida. Callers who qualify for SLLS’ services will be taken through their intake process, those who do not qualify will have their calls returned by volunteer attorneys who will provide legal information and brief legal advice.
For details on this program and eligibility, please click here.
DSNAP Benefits Approved for St. James Parish Residents
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval September 14, 2021 to begin Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Ida.
SNAP recipients are not eligible for DSNAP and should not apply. Information about SNAP benefits changes related to Hurricane Ida, including replacement benefits for food lost due to power outages, can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/page/snap-updates
Residents are encouraged, but not required, to take the following steps before calling to apply for DSNAP:
- Pre-register online first. Step-by-step instructions can be found at http://www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.
- Download the LA Wallet mobile app for identity and residency verification. Information on the app, including download links, can be found at LAWallet.com
- Gather all information needed for the application. A list of what is needed can be found in the FAQs at http://www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP
- Residents who pre-registered or applied for DSNAP since March 2020 do not need to pre-register again.
- Additional information about DSNAP can be found by texting LADSNAP to 898-211 or by visiting http://www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.
Governor's Sheltering Program
Transitional Sheltering Assistance
Residents are now eligible for FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. You must apply for disaster assistance first at http://disasterassistance.gov. Visit http://femaevachotels.com or call 800-621-3362 for more information.
The list of participating hotels will be posted on DisasterAssistance.gov, under the link Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program or you can get it by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. For TTY, call 800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
- DR-4611-LA FS 007 Types of Assistance for Hurricane Ida Survivors
- What to Expect When Applying for FEMA Assistance
- Helpful Info When Appealing a Decision from FEMA
- Hurrincane Ida Survivors May be Eligible for Generator and Chainsaw Reimbursement (002)
- How Does Transitional Sheltering Assistance Work?
Blue Roof Program
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin Operation Blue Roof for homeowners in areas impacted by Hurricane Ida to cover their damaged roofs until permanent repairs are made. To sign up or get more information, visit blueroof.us or call 1-888-766-3258.
SBA Disaster Loans
- SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal assistance to help pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
- SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.
- Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.
- SBA offers low interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.
- Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
- Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
- Interest rates can be as low as 2.855 percent for businesses, 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.
Note: Loan applicants should check with agencies / organizations administering any grant or other assistance program under this declaration to determine how an approval of SBA disaster loan might affect their eligibility.
For questions or virtual application assistance:
SBA Virtual Business Recovery Center and SBA Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Monday – Sunday (7 days/week) | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time
Email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov | Call (800) 659-2955
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ .
SBA Resource Documents
- 17121-01 LA - Press Release
- 17121-01 LA - Press Release (Spanish)
- Disaster Assistance Loan 3-step process trifold_FINAL DIGITAL ONLINE VERSION
- Disaster Assistance Loan 3-step process trifold_FINAL PRINT ONLY
- LA 17121 Resource Partners Flyer
- LA 17121 Resource Partners Flyer (Spanish)
- LA 17121 Virtual DLOC Flyer
- LA 17121 Virtual DLOC Flyer-Spanish