COVID-19/ Coronavirus Updates

To comply with Governor John Bel Edwards’ latest mandate, employees at our New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices continue to work from home.  We have transitioned our work to provide programs and services virtually throughout this pandemic, and you can scroll down to learn how we can help you.

As a fixture in the greater New Orleans region since 1938, the Urban League of Louisiana knows firsthand that, no matter the crisis – whether it’s a hurricane, a flood or an unprecedented pandemic,  the communities that we are closest to – those who are seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights – most often get hit the hardest during times like these.  We are READY and are working DILIGENTLY to continue changing lives and empowering communities.

Be good neighbors. Continue to follow social distancing practices. Stay informed.  And as always, take care of yourselves and each other.

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 TELE-TOWN HALL ARCHIVES

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Pandemic Pivot Email Archives - through Phase 1

Week of May 11 -15- CLICK TO READ

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • ULLA MASKS UP! Help stop the spread of COVID-19!
  • CENSUS TOOLS for the FAITH COMMUNITY!
  • VIRTUAL JOB FAIR on May 22! Register NOW!
  • SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY – Let us know how we can help!
  • PARENTS, how is your “new education norm” working? TAKE A SHORT SURVEY and tell us!

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Week of  May 4 – 8- CLICK TO READ
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • WATCH NOW! From Disparity to Parity TELE-TOWN HALL SERIES
  • SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY – Let us know how we can help!
  • Parents, we want to hear from you – TAKE A SHORT SURVEY!

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Week of April 27 May 1- CLICK TO READ
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • From Disparity to Parity TELE-TOWN HALL SERIES
  • Parents, we want to hear from you – TAKE A SHORT SURVEY!

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Week of April 20 – 24 – CLICK TO READ
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Connect to work at the next Urban League of Louisiana VIRTUAL JOB FAIR
  • Sign up for our upcoming TELE-TOWN HALL SERIES
  • If you haven’t already – COMPLETE YOUR 2020 CENSUS

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Week of April 13 – 17 – CLICK TO READ
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • WATCH NOW! NO, WE’RE NOT IMMUNE: The Impact of Coronavirus on African-American Whole Health in Louisiana Tele-Town Hall
  • SMALL BUSINESS recovery resources
  • WATCH NOW! HCBU 2020 Census Challenge Tele-Town Hall
  • VIRTUAL JOB FAIRS: Register now!

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Week of April 6 – 10 – CLICK TO READ
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • SMALL BUSINESS recovery resources
  • Connect to work at the next Urban League of Louisiana VIRTUAL JOB FAIR
  • Urban League’s HBCU 2020 Census Challenge
  • Keeping PARENTS Connected During COVID-19

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Week of March 30 – April 3 – CLICK TO READ
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Connect to work NOW at Urban League of Louisiana’s VIRTUAL JOB FAIR
  • Be a part of the CENSUS MOVEMENT
  • SMALL BUSINESSES connect with SBA EXPERTS
TRUSTED Resources

General Health Guidelines & Information

FEMA has create a rumor control site to combat active misinformation campaigns being conducted with regards to COVID-19.
This site provides both accurate and current information surrounding myths and rumors.

FREE TESTING INFORMATION

CDC Website

Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

Stay at Home Guidelines and FAQs

The Mayor’s Office and the City’s Department of Health partnered to launch SewDat, a centralized website for resources and donations for cloth face coverings.

For Parents/Families

Khan Academy Khan Academy is a great online learning website for students of all ages. The site offers short video lessons on thousands of topics, and their programs are personalized to allow children to learn at their own pace.

COVID-19 Child Care for Essential Workers
If you work in the critical infrastructure and are in need of Emergency Subsidized Childcare Assistance, please visit this link for additional details, an application and centers open near you.


National Association of School Psychologists
Louisiana Believes
Child Care Centers/Providers: Information and Resources
2020 Seniors: Information
COVID-19: Important Information for Schools and Early Childhood Centers


Louisiana Department of Education Website

NOLA Public School Updates

Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Application

Total Community Action, Inc Updates

To review the first round placement results for K-12 OneApp, vist OneApp or call 877-343-4773 or email oneapp@nolapublicschools.com. Families are still encouraged to apply to schools for the 2020-2021 school year via OneApp at EnrollNOLA.org

SNAP INFO: The Department of Children & Family Services currently does not have emergency or disaster SNAP (DSNAP). However, if you are in need of food and do not have SNAP you are encouraged to apply for benefits at the Department of Children & Family Services

LYFT is providing free ride codes during Citywide Feeding Program service hours on Mondays and Wednesdays to and from Orleans Parish Food Distribution sites.

WYES-LPB stay at home Education Resources

Pandemic EBT available for students receiving free or reduced-price school meals

For Job Seekers

JOIN the Urban League of Louisiana FOR A VIRTUAL JOB FAIR! Sign up HERE!

Apply for Urban League Job Seeker Services

CURRENT Job Openings 

Louisiana Response to COVID-19
Has COVID-19 impacted your employment?
Review available assistance at Information for Workers in Louisiana.

You can file a claim at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or contact the Claim Center at 866-783-5567. Claim Center hours 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Education Resources

Khan Academy Khan Academy is a great online learning website for students of all ages. The site offers short video lessons on thousands of topics, and their programs are personalized to allow children to learn at their own pace.
 

Ed Navigator
Get tips on making the most of each day while schools are closed.

WYES-LPB stay at home Education Resources

Strong Start 2020 Planning Guide for Early Childhood from Louisiana Department of Education .

Financial Assistance/Information Resources

Calculate the potential amount of your Coronavirus Stimulus Check with this CALCULATOR brought to you by the Washington Post.

Housing and Legal Resources

City Of New Orleans COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Effective April 1, 2020
The City of New Orleans in partnership with Total Community Action is offering rental assistance to workers that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.  The program which will begin on April 1, 2020, will be open strictly to Orleans Parish residents who are not getting paid by their employers or are not receiving rental assistance through other organizations.  Applicants will be required to provide documentation of their hardship.
To apply, residents should call the Mayor’s Office of Community Development (OCD) at 504-658-4200 or Total Community Action (TCA) at 504-882-7181 to begin the intake process.

New Orleans Housing and Legal Resources 

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people, including legal assistance for landlord-tenant issues and more. Visit slls.org or call 504-529-1000 for more information.

The Finance Authority of New Orleans (FANO)  is offering a Community Support Fund (CSF) in response to t COVID-19. These funds will help Orleans Parish residents who qualify with rent or utility assistance in the wake of the pandemic. To apply for FANO’s CSF assistance, residents should call (504) 524-5533, (504) 354-0904, or email: csf@financeauthority.org. Applicants will be pre-screened to determine basic eligibility and will receive notice of the documentation needed to qualify for the program.

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources and Support

Dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 504-898-211 to get help with specific questions regarding COVID-19 or access mental health support. 211’s 24/7 phone, text, and chatlines are a safe space for anyone who is going through a hard time, having thoughts about suicide, or just needs to talk.

 

POSTPONEMENTS & PIVOT PLANS
The Urban League is working to bring our programs and services to clients in innovative and virtual ways.  We don’t pause . . . WE PIVOT!  See below for a list of postponed events as well as our Pivot plans (to date).

 

Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center

  • To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana and to comply with Governor John Bel Edwards Stay at Home Order issued March 22, 2020 (Executive Order JBE-2020-33), directing all Louisiana residents to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs, the Urban League Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center will remain closed until a date TBD.
  • The Urban League Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center will re-evaluate COVID 19 health concerns at that time, and Head Start Center Staff will contact all parents via telephone with any additional updates regarding reopening of the center, and child readiness/learning at home activities.

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Emergency Capital Access Program (ECAP) – 
Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund have partnered with the National Urban League to launch the Emergency Capital Access Program (ECAP).  ECAP is a programmatic initiative that seeks to provide immediate access to capital for Black business owners – an important but often overlooked pillar of the economy – who are currently at a competitive disadvantage for accessing government or foundation relief available due to COVID-19.  Apply today!

Events have been happening virtually.   Visit www.urbanleaguela.org/events

    PIVOT PLAN

    The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is diligently working to schedule virtual programming for existing and potential clients during the “Stay at Home” mandate ordered by the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans.

    Please note that all remaining Scale Up! Louisiana Cohort 2 sessions have been transitioned to webinars and scheduled. Registration links have been sent to all participants.

    Please stay tuned for updates and visit the link below to sign-up for upcoming webinars.

    Center for Education and Youth Development

    POSTPONED EVENTS:

    • March 17  – ULEAD Baton Rouge Class 7
    • March 20 – ULEAD End of Program Ceremony
    • March 19 – Baton Rouge PRIDE
    •  March 26 – Baton Rouge PRIDE
    • April 2 – Baton Rouge PRIDE
    • April 9 – Baton Rouge PRIDE
    • PROJECT READY – Both Landry Walker High School and Scotlandville Magnet High School are part of the state school closure.

    Office of Workforce Development

    POSTPONED EVENTS:

    • Info sessions occurring every Wednesday at 1:00 are postponed until further notice.
    • All external recruiting has been suspended.
    • New clients will be added by appointment only.

    PIVOT PLAN

    The Urban League of Louisiana’s Office of Workforce Development is continuing to support unemployed and underemployed individuals in the wake of COVID-19.

    ULLA will begin hosting
    Virtual Job Fairs to connect job seekers and employers to current job openings in essential-industries. SPACE IS LIMITED!

    You may also apply for our services via this link.

    VOICE/Census 2020 Events

    POSTPONED EVENTS:

    • March 28  – Census Kickoff Canvassing Event in New Orleans
    • April 4 – Census Kickoff Canvassing Event in Baton Rouge
    • April 4 – FIYA in-person training.

    PIVOT PLAN

    The GREAT NEWS is that you can complete your 2020 Census digitally!  The Census offers the ability to complete your census online and even on your phone.  Visit my2020Census.org to complete your census TODAY!

    If you have completed your Census, please share it with us on our Facebook page! We have created a frame that can be added to your profile picture.  Simply click on your photo and selected “Add Frame” then search for “ULLA 2020 Census” to use our frame.

    Young Professionals/Guild Events

    Events have been happening virtually.   Visit www.urbanleaguela.org/events