Senate Democrats unveil relief proposal in response to coronavirus outbreak.
The Senate Democrats COVID-19 Economic and Community Services Proposal includes:
- Emergency unemployment insurance funds to replace lost wages
- Requiring businesses to allow workers to gradually earn up to 7 paid sick days Loan payment relief for up to six months on federally insured mortgages and student loans
- Federal funding for local communities
- Grants for small businesses
- Supplemental funding to public transportation agencies and Amtrak
- Increased SNAP benefits
- Additional funding for food banks, schools and nonprofits
- Emergency mortgage and rental assistance
- Additional financial assistance to housing providers
- Emergency grant aid to colleges
The proposals were unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday in the midst of what seems to be a tense standoff between House Democrats and the Trump administration over how the government should address the growing health crisis.
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City of New Orleans Working With Utilities Providers to Ensure Efficient Service Delivery in Response to COVID-19 Emergency
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.
Here’s the link to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Service when the need comes to apply for assistance.
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.