New Program Offers One-time Assistance for Rent, Furniture and Appliances

The Recovery Corps’ Household Establishment Fund (HEF) program offers residents who were impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita currently living in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson or Orleans parish one-time assistance for rental deposits and payments, utility deposits and the purchase of furniture or appliances such as a bed, stove, washer, dryer and/or refrigerator. Beginning October 15, 2007, hurricane-impacted residents can call 1-800-333-3104 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. central to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment.

The program is administered at various sites in local communities across those parishes. To administer and implement the HEF program in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, the Recovery Corps awarded a services contract to the Louisiana Health and Rehab Center, Inc., or LHRC, and for Jefferson and Orleans parishes, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans was selected.

Any resident interested in participating in the Recovery Corps’ HEF program must call 1-800-333-3104 to verify their initial eligibility and schedule an appointment in or near their local community with a family liaison. No walk-ins will be allowed. Appointments are scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 29, 2007.

To be considered for a HEF voucher, residents must be at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level (see chart below), must be working a minimum of 24 hours per week, a current resident of Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson or Orleans parish, and have a pre-storm address in one of the hurricane-affected parishes, which include: Acadia, Allen, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermillion, Vernon or Washington. Additional requirements apply and are outlined when applicants call to schedule their appointment.

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