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Mayor Cantrell Updates Residents On Response To COVID-19 Including Relief Proposal- NOLA Ready

Mayor Cantrell Updates Residents On Response To COVID-19 – NOLA Ready

MAYOR CANTRELL FORMALIZES COMMUNITY RESPONSE

As part of the ongoing engagement with community leaders, Mayor Cantrell hosted a conference call Thursday with more than 1,600 residents to further engage them on the City’s efforts. From there, the Mayor established committees and groups to gather information and report back to the Mayor to ensure a more holistic response to the emergency. Committees will include the following types of leaders: neighborhood, faith-based, hospitality/tourism, primary school, colleges/universities, housing/independent living, healthcare/CDC, boards and commissions, and non-profit.

Also, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Office of Economic Development are working with local businesses to identify COVID-19-related impacts with uninsured losses, which would be the basis for a request for assistance to the State of Louisiana and the Small Business Administration.

OFFICE OF UTILITIES ENSURING CONTINUED SERVICE

Today, the City of New Orleans announced that it is working with power, water and telecommunications utility providers to ensure efficient and uninterrupted service to residents, especially during the response to COVID-19. Mayor Cantrell’s Office of Utilities is taking proactive steps to ensure that these essential utility services remain uninterrupted for residents, businesses and visitors, especially as they adjust their daily schedules to the emergency.

“The Mayor’s Office is working with our utility providers to ensure that they have crisis-response plans in place, so that their employees are safe and service can be provided without interruption. It is also essential that these companies put in place policies that ensure ongoing access to essential services and not further disrupt our daily lives and ability to adequately respond to health-related issues,” said Jonathan Rhodes, Director of the Office of Utilities. ” We are also coordinating with telecommunication providers and technology experts to make sure that government services are not limited during the response, and to provide people with opportunities to access government remotely as needed.”


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https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/mayor-cantrell-updates-residents-on-response-to-co/


Here’s the link to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Service when the need comes to apply for assistance.

https://sspweb.ie.dcfs.la.gov/selfservice/selfservice


Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP)

As you prepare for hurricane season or other disasters, make pre-registering for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) part of your plan. If you think your household could be impacted by damages or lost wages due to a hurricane or other disaster, pre-register online or by phone for DSNAP. 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.

How to Pre-Register: Visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/cafe or call 1-888-LAHELP-U.


The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) provides cash assistance to families with children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs.

The goal of FITAP is to decrease the long-term dependency on welfare assistance by promoting job preparation and work. Public assistance is no longer a lifetime benefit but an opportunity to become independent after a financial crisis.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health. For most households, SNAP funds account for only a portion of their food budgets; they must also use their own funds to buy enough food to last throughout the month. Eligible households can receive food assistance through regular SNAP or through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP).

For more information on SNAP and other services available through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578).

SNAP participants may also meet the income eligibility guidelines for nutrition services through the Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC) offered by the Louisiana Department of Health. 

http://www.dss.state.la.us

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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