Check out this video for a brief message regarding Hurricane Laura on behalf of Week of Compassion. Stay safe!
Resources for Individuals and Congregations from Week of Compassion
Update: Morehouse and Union Parishes were just declared for Individual Assistance; now 18 parishes overall. Registration for FEMA assistance is now 128,112 households.
New info: Eligible Hurricane Laura survivors may now be eligible to be reimbursed for purchases like generators, chainsaws and carbon monoxide detector through FEMA’s ONA. This also includes smoke detectors, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and weather radios. Information on how to apply for assistance: 1 (800) 621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available) / TTY: 1 (800) 462-7585 / Call 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. CT / Open 7 days per week
New Info: If your church is coordinating volunteers, report those donated labor hours to GOHSEP so they can be counted toward the required State contribution for federal reimbursement funds. A volunteer hour reporting form is available here: https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/sites/default/master/files/public/VolunteerForms_OCT17_v23-daily.pdf and should be returned to the GOHSEP rep for your parish (https://gohsep.la.gov/ABOUT/PARISHPA).
Update: We have been informed that a federal disaster declaration has been approved, including assistance for individuals and households in the following 6 parishes (more parishes may be added as damage assessments are completed—each parish has to meet a minimum threshold of damage to be added to the declaration.): Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Vernon, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis Parishes.
People who have been displaced or have losses/damage from the storm, can register for Individual Assistance here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.We encourage everyone to apply, even if they don’t think they will need/qualify for assistance, for 3 reasons: 1. All applications become part of the total damage record for the parish, which helps the community access more resources (federal and philanthropic); 2. Folks might find they need the assistance later on, and if the application deadline has passed they will have limited recourse; and 3. Registering for FEMA Individual Assistance is often the first step for accessing other assistance (such as SBA Disaster Loans). Everyone should also be aware that appeals to FEMA Individual Assistance decisions are very common.
Week of Compassion Grants:
Week of Compassion has solidarity grants available for churches that sustain damage to their buildings and for households connected to the congregation who have damage to their homes. For each of those they ask for the following information:
- Extent of damage–a 1-sentence summary is fine, just to give us a sense of scope
- Insurance coverage—homeowner and/or flood (if known, include deductible amount and whether coverage is sufficient)
- Special considerations–any factors that will make recovery more difficult, such as being a low-income or elderly household
They also have grants available to congregations to provide community support. This might be to provide food, charging stations, clean-up assistance, or other relief to their neighbors.
Contact: Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold at 203.772.8597 to learn how to apply.