Important Message from Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
ALSC remains committed to providing high-quality legal aid to those affected by 2020 hurricanes and 2021 winter storm. We are also concerned about the health and safety of our clients, staff and communities we serve. Accordingly, we have temporarily modified how we deliver services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 where possible.
- All office lobbies are open. Masks are required for both staff and visitors.
- We are only able to handle a certain number of new cases each day, so if you are not already a client of ours with an open case please call to apply for our services instead of driving to our nearest office.
- The office phone lines are open and we are taking calls, or you can also visit our website at www.la-law.org/get-help/ for resources with legal problems.
- The Lake Charles Office is temporarily closed due to damages caused by the Mid-May flooding. The phone lines are open and we are taking calls.
We thank you for your cooperation during this public health emergency.
- Alexandria Office – 318.443.7281 or toll free: 800-256-4343
- Franklin Office – 337.346.5702 or toll free: 844.577.6456
- Lake Charles Office – 337.439.0377 or toll free: 877-256-0639
- Lafayette Office – 337.237.4320 or toll free: 800-256-1175
- Monroe Office – 318.699.0889 or toll free: 800-259-6591
- Natchitoches Office – 318.352.7220 or toll free: 800-960-9109
- Shreveport office – 318.222.7186 or toll free: 800-826-9265
Flooding Recovery Resources
Several parishes have been declared as Major Disaster areas from the May flash flooding.
- Ascension Parish
- Calcasieu Parish
- East Baton Rouge Parish
- Iberville Parish
- Lafayette Parish
Report damage from the May flash flash flooding at http://damage/la.gov. As more parish assessments are made, more parishes may be included in the Major Disaster Declaration.
If your home or business suffered damages, it is important to know how to access resources that may be available to you through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). While FEMA cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance, you may qualify for other assistance.
Help for Individuals & Families:
Apply for FEMA disaster programs is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. You can also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362.
𝗗𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗣 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗭𝗜𝗣 𝗖𝗼𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance:
To apply for disaster loan assistance through the SBA, visit DisasterLoanAssistance.SBA.gov. You can also contact the Virtual Business Recovery Center & Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 916-735-1500 during business hours Monday through Friday.
For more information on this disaster declaration, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4606.
Lake Charles Flood Recovery Resources
- United Way of Southwest Louisiana – VOAD – Property Repair Requests
- United Way of Southwest Louisiana – Repair and Cleanup Assistance
- Samaritan’s Purse – Assistance with debris and spraying for mold
- United Methodist Church – Providing food assistance
- Food Pantries in Lake Charles
- American Red Cross – Hotel Vouchers and Food Resources
- Emergency Assistance with Bills, Rent and more
- Oasis a Safe Haven for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Rebuilding SWLA
Legal resources and critical information for legal aid professionals, pro bono volunteers, and the disaster survivors assisted.
- Louisiana Disaster Assistance Applicants: Understand FEMA Determination Letters, How to Appeal Them. Click here to find out more.
- If you have received a letter from FEMA saying that you are ineligible for disaster relief or that your application is incomplete, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving mailed notification. An appeal is a written request to review your file again with additional information you provide that may affect the decision. Click here to learn more about the appeal process.
- Flood Insurance Claims, What to Expect During Process.
- Additional FEMA Resources.
- The State of Louisiana has created a site where residents can find important updates, information and links to valuable resources. Click here to view the site.
- Get a Game Plan
- Child Care Assistance for Disaster Survivors
- Call the Office of Public Health at 337-262-5311 for:
- Emergency WIC – Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program
- Emergency Immunizations – Tetanus Booster and Hepatitis A&B
- COVID-19 Testing
- Family Planning Services
- Track Debris Clean-up at 511LA.ORG
- Resources available to Louisiana residents during a disaster.
Legal Resources for Disaster Recovery
- Legal Needs After a Disaster
- For free disaster legal tips text “SUBSCRIBE” to 318-405-4185
- ALSC Legal Aid Brochure
- What Renters Need to Know in a Disaster.
- What Renters Need to Know in a Disaster – Flooding