Important Message from Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
ALSC remains committed to providing high-quality legal aid to those affected by Hurricane Laura. 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.
Effective immediately and until further notice:
- We are available to handle your legal needs.
- To reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, we are limiting access to our offices.
- Access to all offices is by appointment only. If an appointment is necessary, the person handling your case will schedule it with you.
- 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.
We thank you for your cooperation during this public health emergency.
- Alexandria Office – 318.443.7281
- Lake Charles Office – 337.439.0377
- Lafayette Office – 337.237.4320
- Monroe Office – 318.699.0889
- Natchitoches Office – 318.352.7220
- Shreveport office – 318.222.7186
- For current shelter information, text “LASHELTER” to 898211 or call 2.1.1.
- To locate Hurricane Laura Evacuees in State-Provided Hotel Rooms, call 225-342-
2727 or visit http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/form/dcfs-connect
- Red Cross is an available resource and can be reached at 1-800-REDCROSS or https://safeandwell.communityos.org/
- The Red Cross is providing $450 to households whose homes were confirmed to have been destroyed or sustained major damage from Hurricane Laura. Click here to learn more.
FEMA Disaster Declaration – Individual Assistance:
- If you are a homeowner and experienced damage to your home, you should first file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance.
- If you live in one of the parishes listed below you are should also register for FEMA Disaster Assistance by clicking here.
- Jefferson Davis
- St. Landry
- The deadline to apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance is 30 days after the declaration for your parish. For more information on how to apply, click here
- Hearing and speech impaired residents can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
- FEMA application and appeal process.
- FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Assistance is available for Laura Survivors. Learn more.
- 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.
- FEMA Drive thru Disaster Centers:
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers
- Abbeville – LSU Ag Center, 1105 W. Port Street, Abbeville
- Acadia Parish – Southside Community Center, 403 4th Street, Rayne
- Beauregard Parish – War Memorial Civic Center, 250 W 7th Street, DeRidder
- Lake Charles – Calcasieu Parish School Board, 3310 Broad Street
- Jeff Davis Parish – Lacassine High School, 409 Algonia Avenue, Lacassine
- Monroe – Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe
- Sulphur – Sulphur City Library, 1160 Cypress Street, Sulphur
- FEMA benefits for those in the qualifying parishes include:
- Critical needs assistance grants of $500 per household for those who are displaced from their homes.
- Disaster unemployment assistance of $108 per week for those who aren’t eligible for state unemployment and who are unemployed as a direct result of the storm.
- Flood Insurance Claims, What to Expect During Process.
- Additional FEMA Resources.
- DSNAP has been approved for parishes declared for disaster assistance. If you currently are registered for SNAP, you do not need to re-register. Registration for DSNAP is online at http://www.dcfs.la.govor by clicking here.
- DSNAP application schedule.
- Hurricane DSNAP Brochure
- SNAP Recipients impacted by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for Replacement SNAP Benefits.
Operation Blue Roof:
- Homeowners in areas impacted by Hurricane Laura can sign up for the Operation Blue Roof program. This program covers the installation of temporary blue tarp roof coverings for damaged homes, at no cost to homeowners. Call 1-888-766-3258 to sign up or learn more.
- 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.
- Child Care Assistance for Disaster Survivors
- To receive text notifications from the Governor’s Office pertaining to Hurricane Laura, text ‘LAURA’ to 67283 and sign up for phone calls by going to Smart911.
- 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.