BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging those who have been affected by the historic flooding in southeast Louisiana to pre-register for benefits under the Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program (DSNAP).
DCFS is preparing an application for benefits for those in parishes in the disaster declaration for Louisiana. Those parishes include:
- East Baton Rouge
- East Feliciana
- Jefferson Davis
- Pointe Coupee
- St. Helena
- St. Landry
- St. Martin
- St. Tammany
- West Feliciana
To pre-register for benefits, click here. Residents can also pre-register by phone beginning August 16 at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Residents who currently receive SNAP benefits are located in the affected parishes do NOT have to pre-register for DSNAP benefits. These residents will automatically have these benefits activated.
This activation of DSNAP benefits comes after President Obama officially granted a major disaster declaration on Sunday, August 14.
Federal funding will be available for affected residents in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.
FEMA officials said that more parishes will be added on a rolling basis as more assessments are made.
"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," a release from the White House stated. "Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide."
According to FEMA, residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance Monday by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
For more information about Federal Aid Programs in Louisiana, click here.