2016 LA Flooding Homeowner Resources

HOMEOWNER RESOURCES: Need Help?

1. Apply for assistance

FEMA.gov:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp

2. Organizations who can help gut your home
a. United Saints Recovery Project: (504)383-5554, projects@UnitedSaints.org, www.UnitedSaints.org

Please leave a message.

b.Trinity Lutheran Church: 225-296-3714, Tlcbr.org
10925 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815

c. NECHAMA: Ross Topol, ross@nechama.org

3. Instructions for gutting your home and mold remediation
a. LSU Ag Center: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/profiles/lbenedict/articles/page1471440591268

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Recovery Centers for Southern Louisiana Flooding 2016

Disaster Recovery Centers

Open 8am to 6pm Monday-Sunday

Where:

  1. New Hope Baptist Church,5856 Greenwell Springs Rd.,Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  2. Amite City Office Complex,721 S. First Street,Amite, LA 70422
  3. Independence Community Center,10494 State Highway 965,St. Francisville, La 70775

Who will be there to help:

  1. Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  2. FEMA
  3. S. Small Business Administration
  4. Volunteer Groups
  5. Information on Renters Assistance, Low-interest disaster loans for renters, and businesses
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Volunteer Opportunities in Response to 2016 Flooding

Volunteer Opportunities

SBP, 504-473-5560, sla.volunteer@sbpusa.org

SBP is a disaster resilience and recovery organization founded in St. Bernard Parish in 2006 in response to Hurricane Katrina. Their mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery.  SBP has opened a rebuilding, training and advising operation in South Louisiana and has committed to dedicating resources and technical assistance to communities in need. The first work in the Greater Baton Rouge area will include gutting and mucking homes, followed by rebuilding.

United Saints Recovery Project (504) 233-8883, volunteer@unitedsaints.org.

United Saints Recovery Project is responding to the vast flooding in southeast Louisiana. They are calling for volunteers to help gut houses – removing carpet, sheet rock and debris from flooded homes.   Time is of the essence.  Clearing wet materials reduces the risk of black mold, which is a serious health hazard and can render a home uninhabitable. They will also be placing volunteers at distribution centers – sorting clothes, and handing out basic necessities.

Dormitory style housing is available for out-of-town volunteers at a rate of $20/per person/per night. For an additional $5.00, the United Saints Recovery Project can provide a continental breakfast and bag lunch.  Each dorm unit has a kitchen.  If you are staying with them, please bring twin sized sheets and a sleeping bag.

To volunteer please call us at (504) 233-8883 or email volunteer@unitedsaints.org.  For further information go to www.UnitedSaints.org

 Volunteer Louisiana: 855-489-2528

The Volunteer Centers are local organizations within communities which serve as a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities. They will work with you to identify local nonprofits and faith-based organizations who need volunteers that would match your skills and interests and can refer you to the appropriate organization.

http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/volunteering/volunteer-centers/

 Florida Boulevard Baptist Church: 225-272-3740, www.fbbc.org

10915 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815

Offers limited volunteer housing

First Baptist Church Zachary: 225-654-2755, FBCZ@FBCZ.org

4200 Main Street, Zachary, Louisiana 70791

Offers limited volunteer housing

Woodlawn Baptist Church: 225-753-1667, www.wbcbr.org

5855 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Offers limited volunteer housing

Trinity Lutheran Church: 225-296-3714, www.tlcbr.org

10925 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815

Offers limited volunteer housing

Operation Blessing: 757-374-0944, ob.org

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Resident Engagement Expedites a Neighborhood’s Recovery Following a Disaster.

After a catastrophe, residents face great financial and emotional hardships. They are thrown completely off balance and are overwhelmed, rendering them unlikely to make sound and informed decisions. Many have difficulty navigating the quagmire of government programs and detailed application processes required for assistance. They lack direction on where to begin. Some may ultimately give up and abandon their homes to become blight.

That’s why after disaster strikes, it is simply not enough to focus on providing material to rebuild houses. The social fabric must be restored in order to facilitate rebirth. It is essential that neighborhood leaders first repair the connective tissue that binds and sustains a community by bringing synergy and unity to the relief effort quickly.

An organized group of residents can best direct their neighbors to the myriad of resources that will inevitably come to the community’s aid. Through dissemination of on-the-ground-data, information and resources, this group of residents can quicken the repopulation of a neighborhood, and encourage their neighbors to rebuild.

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Representatives from Spain, France, Albania, and Germany learn about the Resiliency of New Orleans

On October 1st, Tina Marquardt the Executive Director of Beacon of Hope Resource Center NOLA, presented to 5 Marshall Memorial Fellows from Spain, France, Albania, and Germany, who were being hosted by the University of New Orleans. Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to build an understanding of business, politics, innovation, and culture on the other side of the Atlantic.

For the past 6 years Beacon has hosted several Marshall Fellow groups sharing lessons learned and how ordinary citizens were able to make a significant difference in their community’s recovery post Katrina. To hear how 750 New Orleans resident volunteers monitored over 24,000 properties conditions, managed over 30,000 visiting volunteers who completed 1700 homeowner projects, replanted 27 miles of green space and renovated 15 public parks and playgrounds, is almost unconscionable to many of the Fellows who visit the Beacon of Hope Resource Center. In the countries where these visitors are from, the government manages most of these types of things, so it was unique for them to hear about communities organizing and working together to help each other rebuild, and to address the issues their neighborhoods were dealing with after a disaster.

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Beacon of Hope New Orleans Meets Staten Island Civic Leaders


Tina Marquardt, Executive Director of Beacon of Hope Resource Center met with Staten Island civic association leaders to discuss potential roadblocks to their neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

 

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