Since 1938, the Urban League of Louisiana has promoted economic self-reliance, equity and civil rights for African Americans and others.
In response to the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ida, the Urban League of Louisiana has designed three ways for our supporters and partners to join us in the recovery efforts.
SPONSOR THE URBAN LEAGUE OF LOUISIANA’S ANNUAL GALA CONCERT
The Urban League of Louisiana will virtually present a concert in November in support of the organization’s programming, policy and advocacy efforts. By sponsoring this event, you will be supporting the organization’s sustainability and its work to support participants, clients and the general public recover from Hurricane Ida.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A SPONSOR
SUPPORT THE URBAN LEAGUE OF LOUISIANA’S BLACK BUSINESS WORKS FUND
The Urban League of Louisiana supports black-owned businesses every day through programming and advocacy to help close the racial wealth gap and create an environment where black owned businesses can thrive and pass on generational wealth.
In partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, we have established the Black Business Works Fund to help businesses stand back up in the aftermath of the storm and be stronger on the other side.
HURRICANE IDA COMMUNITY DONATION GIVEAWAY
The need is great for many Louisiana residents who were impacted by Hurricane Ida. In order to support families as they recover, the Urban League of Louisiana will host a community giveaway to help families rebound after the storm. Events will be open to the public.
PARTNER WITH US
Simply call 211 to speak to someone now, or search by location for online resources and more contact information. Thousands of caring, local experts are available to help, 24/7. Calls to 211 are confidential and can be anonymous.
- Call 211
Text your zip code to 898-211
RESOURCES BY PARISH
Listed below are the 25 parishes that have received a major disaster declaration in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Click on your parish to find LOCAL information regarding:
- School closures/reopenings
- Road closures
- Power restoration updates
- Local resource giveways
- Local shelter options
- . . .and more.
The City of New Orleans is responding to impacts from Hurricane Ida. Widespread impacts include power outages, debris, and service interruptions. For information on emergency rental assistance, transportation, sanitation, power outages, water, schools, and more, visit the links below. Text NOLAREADY to 77295 for updates.
SHELTERING ASSISTANCE (FEMA)
In order to receive sheltering assistance, start by applying for assistance. You must have a FEMA registration ID and approval from FEMA to participate. If FEMA has reached out to you about sheltering assistance, you can look up participating hotels.
For shelter information, text ‘LASHELTER’ to 898211 or call 2-1-1.
OPERATION BLUE ROOF
In Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has activated its Operation Blue Roof program for parishes approved for individual assistance. Residents can sign up for the program and complete a Right of Entry form at the link above.
Call toll free 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for more information.
FOR JOB SEEKERS
FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & ENTREPRENEURS
SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE
As a SBA resource partner, the Urban League of Louisiana’s Women’s Business Resource Center is available to assist small businesses impacted by Hurricane Ida with operational and financial recovery needs. Please contact the Center at email@example.com for assistance.
- Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Louisiana businesses and residents as a result of President Biden’s major disaster declaration. The declaration covers Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana parishes as a result of Hurricane Ida that began on Aug. 26, 2021.
- In consideration of the public health concerns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, SBA established a Virtual Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to business owners. In addition, SBA also opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters.
- Customer Service Representatives are available to business owners and individuals to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application.
VIRTUAL BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER AND VIRTUAL DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTER
Monday – Sunday (7 days/week)
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time
- Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
- For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.
- Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
- Interest rates can be as low as 2.855 percent for businesses, 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
- To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659‑2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
DISASTER RECOVERY AND RELIEF BID OPPORTUNITIES
Visit the LOUISIANA’S OFFICE OF STATE PROCUREMENT
Click the link to access current bid opportunities related to disaster recovery and relief efforts.
Visit the LOUISIANA BUSINESS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
The LBEOC works to increase the use of Louisiana businesses in meeting emergency and/or disaster-related needs.