The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

Updated as of 3/16/2021

March 2021 changes to Unemployment Benefits

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act. This Act has extended the COVID-19 unemployment programs including the $300 added weekly to most unemployment checks. Most rules regarding these plans remain the same, but here is a quick outline of changes.

Has Pandemic Unemployment Assistance been extended?

Yes. This program was enacted on March 27, 2020. The program will now remain in effect until the week ending on Saturday, September 4, 2021 giving claimants up to 79 weeks of benefits.

The program may be extended again, but this will be up to Congress.

There is no information as to what may become available after September 4, 2021.

What if I ran out of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits before March 13, 2021?

If you met the requirements but ran out of weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you will be able to claim additional benefits. But you will not be able to receive any back payments for weeks before the week ending on March 20, 2021.

What if I never filed for Unemployment Compensation until recently, but have been unemployed due to COVID-19 before March 13, 2021. Can I receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for earlier weeks?

Maybe. If you are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you may only receive back payments as far as December 1, 2020 if you have just filed for this program.

Has Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation been extended?

Yes. The program will now remain in effect until the week ending on Saturday, September 4, 2021 for up to 53 weeks of benefits.

The program may be extended again, but this will be up to Congress.

There is no information as to what may be available after September 4, 2021.

What if I exhausted my Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Benefits before March 13, 2021?

If you met the requirements but ran out of weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, you will be able to claim additional weeks now. But you will not be able to receive any back payments for weeks before March 20, 2021.

But if you were unemployed due to a recognized Covid-19 related reason for weeks before March 20, 2021 you may be able to qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance as discussed above above. The agency may switch you to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, but only for these exhausted weeks.

What is a COVID-19 related reason?

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking medical diagnosis;
  • member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has COVID-19;
  • A child or other person in the household for whom you are responsible for is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 and this makes you unable to work;
  • You are unable to reach your workplace because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • You are unable to reach your workplace because you have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
  • You were scheduled to begin employment and do not have a job or are unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19;
  • You have become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19, and/or
  • Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • If you refuse to return to work that is unsafe due to COVID-19.
  • If you refuse to accept a job offer or new work that is unsafe due to COVID-19
  • If you provide services or work for educational institutions or educational agencies, but do not have a contract or a guaranteed return date with the educational employer.
  • If you are currently employed, but:
    • Your hours at work have been reduced, OR
    • You are temporarily laid off from your job, OR
    • You are permanently laid off from your job.

Other reasons might be recognized depending on your situation. It is important to remember that the unemployment agency should review each claim on an individual basis.

Has Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation been extended?

Yes. This program adds $300 in weekly benefits to people’s unemployment benefits. The program now runs until September 4, 2021.

The program may be extended again, but this will be up to Congress.

There is no information as to what may be available after September 4, 2021.

Other important information:

It is always important that after your apply for unemployment compensation, you keep filing your weekly certifications to confirm your unemployment status and report your 3 required weekly work searches.

Even if you are not receiving any payments, it is important to keep filing. This confirms that you remain unemployed or are short on hours of work due to COVID-19. Once the agency determines you are eligible for benefits, you will receive payments for all weeks that you have successfully filed a weekly certification.

Failure to file weekly certification was sometimes excused in the summer and fall of 2020 last year, but now failure to do this may keep your benefits from continuing.

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only.

If you are having problems and need legal assistance, you can apply for our services at our webpage or click here for more information.

 

*Please note, our services are only available for residents of the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

Updated as of 3/16/2021

FEBRUARY 2021 CHANGES TO

PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BENEFITS

On February 25, 2021, the Department of Labor issued new guidelines for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefit program. Certain unemployed workers can get Pandemic Unemployment Assistance even if they were disqualified before.

What new types of individuals may now qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?

  • If you refuse to return to work that is unsafe.
  • If you refuse to accept a job offer or new work that is unsafe.
  • If you provide services or work for educational institutions or educational agencies, but do not have a contract or a guaranteed expected return date with the educational employer.
  • If you are currently employed, but:
    • Your hours at work have been reduced, OR
    • You are temporarily laid off from your job, OR
    • You are permanently laid off from your job.

What are some examples of refusing to return to work that is unsafe?

  • If your workplace’s conditions do not meet the local, state, or national COVID-19 health and safety standards.
    • For Example:
      • Employees and Customers were not wearing masks.
        • If certain necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) was not provided at work. Examples:
          • Safe disinfectant products to clean highly touched surfaces.
          • Glass/ Plastic shields for customer services booths/counters.
        • Social distancing was not enforced.
      • If you have a high risk health condition and it would not be safe to continue in your workplace because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
        • For Example:
          • Your workplace has a lot of people coming in and out who could expose you to COVID-19.
        • If you are living with a high risk individual.
          • For Example:
            • Living with a person above the age of 50 years old or with a health condition that puts them at risk.

 

What are some examples of refusing to accept a job offer or new work that is unsafe?

  • The examples are like those above.

What are some examples of services or work for educational institutions or educational agencies, that do not have a contract or a guaranteed expected return date with the educational employer?

  • For example:
    • A temporary substitute teacher who is hired on-call to a school or different schools.
    • A school bus driver who is called on an as needed daily, monthly, or yearly basis.
    • A school cafeteria worker who works for an independent company on an as needed daily, monthly, or yearly basis.

What if I meet one of the reasons listed above, but was denied due to that reason?

  • These provisions apply even to your old claim. You may be able to receive back payments of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, if you applied before and were denied.
  • The agency should be reaching out to individuals who were denied for the reasons listed above. But it may not reach you quickly. You may want to call the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s phone number 1-866-783-5567.
  • The phone line system is usually available from Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will need to call on your designated day:
    • If your Social Security Number ends with 0000-2499, you are to call on Mondays.
    • If your Social Security Number ends with 2500-4999, you are to call on Tuesdays.
    • If your Social Security Number ends with 5000-7499, you are to call on Wednesdays.
    • If your Social Security Number ends with 7500-9999, you are to call on Thursdays.
    • Anyone can call on Fridays
  • It is always good to check the HIRE website to see if there are any extended call-in times outside normal business hours or days.

 

Since when was Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in effect?

  • The program has been made effective for the weeks ending on February 8, 2020 to September 6, 2021 (current deadline under the American Rescue Plan).
  • This means that if you were denied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance on February 10, 2020 for one of the new recognized reasons listed above then you may be entitled to receive benefits for the weeks that you were denied.

What if I did not apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits because my unemployment reason related to COVID-19 was not covered until now?

  • You can still apply for unemployment compensation and be considered for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
  • But your claim can only be backdated to December 1, 2020. You will not be able to get back payments for weeks before that. (These new back payment rules were provided under the Continued Assistance Act and reaffirmed under the American Rescue Plan.)

Other important information:

It is always important that after your apply for unemployment compensation, you remain filing your weekly certifications to confirm your unemployment status.

Even if you are not receiving any payments, it is important to keep filing. As mentioned above, the weekly certifications are a confirmation that you remain unemployed or are experiencing a shortage of hours/days of work due to COVID-19. Once the agency determines you are eligible for benefits, you will receive payments for all weeks that you have successfully filed a weekly certification.

Failure to file weekly certification was sometimes excused in the summer and fall of 2020 last year, but now failure to do this may keep your benefits from continuing.

This post is only meant to provide information on the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance guidelines, and does not represent legal advice. It is not clear on how back payments will be processed for these new recognized COVID-19 reasons. As mentioned above, you may want to call the Agency for more information.

If you are having problems and need legal assistance, you can apply for our services at our webpage or click here for more information. In addition, our COVID-19 hotline number is 1-844-244-7871.

 

*Please note, our services are only available for residents of the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

Do You Need Affordable Health Insurance?

New chance to enroll for reduced price, complete health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare)

ACA Health Insurance Enrollment
You can enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans
February 15, 2021 through August 15, 2021

Whether you are signing up for the first time or want to change your plan under the latest expansion, you must enroll by August 15, 2021.

Heard the Rates are Too High? Financial help lowers costs for 93% of people getting insurance in Louisiana. Financial help can pay for premiums, co-pays, and deductibles.

The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March makes health coverage more affordable for more people. You may now be eligible for additional savings and lower costs for “Marketplace” health insurance. Reductions are available even for people who were not eligible for coverage before. If you lost your job due to Covid and are receiving unemployment benefits, you may also be able to get help for your “COBRA” coverage.

How does the new law make healthcare coverage more affordable?
Based on your income, the new law covers more of your insurance premiums, copays, and deductibles.

Those who make up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level can now get coverage through a “Silver Plan” without having to pay premiums. Those who are eligible for this premium-free coverage have household incomes that are at or below these amounts:

Number of People in Your Household Annual Household Income Monthly Average
1 $19,320 $1,610.00
2 $26,130 $2,177.50
3 $32,940 $2,745.00
4 $39,750 $3,312.50
5 $46,560 $3,880.00
6 $53,370 $4,447.50
7 $60,180 $5,015.00
8 $66,990 $5,582.50
For each additional person, add $6,810 $567.50

Help for premium costs also increases for everyone with incomes up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (or, an annual income of about $106,000 a year for a family of 4).

Are these changes permanent?
No. These changes are temporary and will be in effect during 2021 and 2022.

Are there any changes to help those receiving unemployment benefits?
Yes. People who receive unemployment benefits at any time during 2021 will be eligible for a zero-premium “Silver Plan.” This also includes reductions in copays and deductibles. These changes will only be in place for 2021, unless Congress votes to extend them.

Where do I enroll for healthcare benefits?
There are two options for enrolling on your own:

Visit www.healthcare.gov
or
Call 1-800-318-2596

What if I need help enrolling or finding a plan?
Find an assister to help you find a plan that’s best for you by visiting: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?
Visit http://www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 by August 15, 2021.

If I don’t enroll now, can I enroll later if I get sick or hurt?
Probably not between August 15 and November 1 of 2021.  If you or a family member have to go to the hospital or have other expensive health needs during the year, you may not be able to get coverage after the August 15 deadline.  In November, you can start applying for coverage in 2022.

However, you might qualify for an exception (“special enrollment period”) if you get married, have a baby, adopt a child, or lose your current health insurance. And if your monthly income goes under 138% of the poverty line and you live in Louisiana, you can apply for Medicaid.

What documents will I need to sign up?
For each person in your household, you need social security numbers and information about income and taxes.

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying at the "Get Help" section of our website.

*Please note, our services are only available for residents of the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only.

If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

Updated February, 18, 2021

Do I need to pay taxes on the stimulus payments I received from the federal government?

No. The federal government sent two rounds of stimulus payments to eligible individuals and their dependents under 17 years old. The first round was for $1200 for adults and $500 for eligibile dependents, and the second round was for $600. This is different from unemployment benefits you may have received. These payments are NOT taxable income, so you do not have to declare them on your 2020 return or pay taxes on them.

What if I did not receive my stimulus payments?

If you did not receive your stimulus payments:

  • Were you claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return? That person may have received the stimulus payment for you.
  • Did you receive a “Refund Anticipation Loan” (RAL) when you filed your 2018 or 2019 return? The tax preparer may have received the stimulus payment in a bank account set up for you. You should contact the tax preparer.
  • Were you divorced or separated in 2020? Your spouse or former spouse may have been sent the stimulus payment.
  • If you did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return and did not register on the IRS website, the IRS may not have known where to send your stimulus payment.

If you have not received your stimulus payment, or believe someone else wrongly received your stimulus payment, you should electronically file a 2020 tax return now, claiming the credits for the stimulus amount.

  • You can do this even if you did not work in 2020 or did not have enough income to need to file.
  • If your claim for a stimulus payment refund is denied by the IRS, you will have 30 days to submit a written appeal.

Do I need to pay taxes on my Unemployment Benefits?

Yes. Unemployment benefits are like wages, and you must report it as income on your tax return if you earned enough income to need to file taxes.

  • You should have federal and state income tax deducted from your unemployment benefits, if possible.
  • The Louisiana Workforce Commission should issue you a 1099, which will tell you how much you received. You’ll use this amount when you file your taxes. If you were not sent a 1099, use your own records to report.

If I withdrew money from an IRA or Retirement Account, will I need to pay taxes on it?

Yes. It is taxable income that must be reported on your tax return.

  • Normally, if you withdraw money before the age of 59 ½ years, you must pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty as well as the usual income tax.
  • Due to the pandemic, Congress has changed the rule for withdrawals made in 2020, so you do not have to pay the early withdrawal penalty.
  • You can also spread the withdrawal over 3 years, if you cannot pay tax.

Organizations that Provide Free Tax Preparing and Filing

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA Program) https://www.unitedwaysela.org/vita

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides taxpayers 60 and older with low income with free tax help.

You can also go to irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to search for other free providers.

Be sure to protect yourself when filing your taxes or having them filed for you!

If you are filing your own taxes:

  • You can prepare your own taxes using software or forms downloaded at this website. You will have to create an online account to do this and will need to provide an e-mail address.
  • Low Income taxpayers can file electronically for free on this website.

If you are having someone else prepare and file your taxes:

  • Watch out for fraudulent tax preparers putting false information on your return or stealing your identity. Putting false information on your tax return is a crime. Only you are responsible for your tax return. If you receive a fraudulent refund, YOU will have to pay it back, not the tax preparer. Fraudulent tax preparers may try to steal your identity and file false returns in your name. The IRS has put together a directory of qualified tax preparers here.
  • It is illegal for a tax preparer to charge you a percentage of your refund. The preparer should quote you a set fee.
  • The tax preparer must ask you for documentation of your income, deductions, etc. If they do not, your tax return will not have accurate information.
  • DO NOT sign blank or incomplete returns. Your preparer must sign the return with you.
  • DO NOT allow the preparer list a bank account under their name for your refund to be sent to.

The SLLS Tax Clinic cannot electronically file your current tax return.

SLLS may be able to offer free help if you:

  • Federal taxes and cannot repay them.
  • Are being audited.
  • Need to file for Injured or Innocent Spouse relief.
  • Have been the victim of ID theft with the IRS.

To apply for services, call Lynnette Tillis toll-free at (877) 521-6242, extension 225, or apply on our website here. 

*Please note, our services are only available for residents of the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

There are many reasons why the agency (LWC) can cut off your unemployment after it started. These include failing to do your weekly certifications, misreporting something to the agency, and others. You should get a written notice about any cut-off. If your unemployment benefits have been cut off, you can call Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at 1-844-244-7871 to see if we can provide free help.

The cut-off notice should say why your benefits are being stopped and say how you can appeal. It should be mailed unless you signed up with the agency to get notices another way, like by email. You should always be able to see any notices through your online “HIRE” account.

There are only 15 days to appeal a notice. The appeal is easy to file. But if your benefits stop, it is important to look in HIRE immediately for a notice if you have not gotten one.

Some cut-offs can also be fixed if you do something the agency says you failed to do. If you fix the issue, your benefits can restart the next week.  For example, if you missed your weekly certification, go ahead and do your certification the next week. You will only lose one week’s benefits.  If you are unemployed long enough that your benefits run out, you will end up being paid the same number of weeks as you would have been anyway (making up for your missed week).

But the agency should not:

  1. Cut off your benefits without a notice to you about why and without offering you a hearing. (Even if you call in and the agency says it is working on your claim, the agency must still send you a notice. Not sending a notice when it stops your benefits is wrong.)
  2. Cut off your benefits because it thinks you were never eligible for (or were always disqualified from) receiving unemployment without giving you a hearing first. People in this situation will also get an overpayment notice saying they owe all the benefits they were paid back.

If either occurs after you were approved for unemployment benefits, courts are likely to rule that the State has to follow certain steps before your benefits are cut off. In many cases, Louisiana is not doing these things.

What do courts often require before the agency can change its mind about whether I get unemployment?

The agency should let you know that it wants to stop your benefits and why.

And it must give you a chance to respond before cutting your benefits off. It can do this by giving you a notice that you can appeal and an appeal decision before your benefits stop.

If your unemployment benefits were stopped and you were not given the reason why and a hearing before they stopped, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services may be able to help. Call our COVID-19 Helpline at 1-844-244-7871 to apply for free legal assistance.

What else should I do?

You can appeal any decision that you should not get unemployment or that you have been “overpaid.”  Appeal right away to protect your rights! You only have 15 days to submit your appeal. Your notice will include the date you must submit your appeal by. If you miss the deadline, you will lose your right to appeal.

The letter will provide instructions on how to appeal. You can find more information on appeals here.

OTHER RESOURCES

More information on Unemployment Benefits during Covid can be found here.

Information on Unemployment Overpayments can be found here.

 

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

Updated December 29, 2020.

If you have received a letter from the Louisiana Workforce Commission saying that your unemployment benefits will end soon or that your benefits have ended, you MAY be eligible for an extension of benefits. 

How do I know if my unemployment benefits are going to end soon? 

You may have received a notice through your HIRE account or to your email address stating that you are “approaching the maximum payable amount for your benefit year.” This notice states that you should check your claim balance under your claim summary. 

This is because Claimants are only allowed to receive benefits for a specific period of time. The length of time will depend on what type of unemployment you are under. 

  • If you are receiving benefits under regular unemployment compensation you may only receive unemployment benefits up to 26 weeks. Once you have received your benefits for 26 weeks, you will stop receiving payments from LWC. 
  • If you are receiving benefits under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) you may only receive benefits for up to 50 weeks. People who are already under this program have will most likely not exhaust their benefits unless they were receiving benefits for the months of February to May. PUA is now available until March 14, 2021. But no one gets more than 50 weeks.

If you received a notice stating that your Benefit Year was to end on December 26, 2020, you do not need to do anything right now. LWC has put a notice on the HIRE portal that it will automatically update the system as needed. 

If you accidentally did refile anytime on or after December 26, 2020, LWC will also correct and update your claim for you. You do not have to do anything right now.

What if I did not receive a notice, but my unemployment benefits have stopped? 

There may be other problems with your unemployment account. To check if you have used up all your benefits, you should log into to your HIRE account and follow these steps:

  • First: Once you have logged in, you will need to click the “Menu” button at the top right corner of your page. You will then see a list of 5 choices. Click on the one that says “Services for Individuals.” 
  • Second: You should now see another list of 14 choices. You will need to click on the option, “Unemployment Services,” and you will be given another list of options.
  • Third:  You will now need to scroll down until you see the option named, “Claim Summary,” where you will be taken to a new page.
  • Fourth: Once you are on the new page, you need to scroll down where it says “Claim Details,” There you will find different information about your account. Under “Claim Benefit Balance,” you will know the amount of funds you still have for your unemployment benefits. 

Your claim summary page will also let you see if there are any other problems with your claim. At the top of your claim summary there is a header labeled as “Any Unresolved Issues?” If there is a “Yes” next to the header than there is most likely a problem with your claim. Usually these problems are listed below this section, but this is not always the case.

If you do not have a HIRE account, you should have received a notice from LWC as to why your benefits stopped. Though you can check the status of your claim by calling the Agency’s phone line system. Information on how to do this can be found below under the question, “How do I apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation?”

Is there any way that I can reapply for unemployment benefits? 

You cannot refile for unemployment benefits until your benefit claim year ends. This is different for each claimant. 

Is there another way for me to receive unemployment benefits? 

Yes. You may qualify for an extension of benefits under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. If you qualify, you may continue to receive benefits for an additional 24 weeks. This benefit is available through March 14, 2021. 

How do I know if I am eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation?

Individuals must have used up all 26 weeks of their available state benefits with a benefit year ending on or after July 1, 2019. In addition, you must not have rights to any other state or federal unemployment compensation and must be available and actively searching for work. 

People on “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” already qualify for up to 50 weeks of benefits. So they do not get Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. If you are on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance your notices say this.

Some people are not required to do work searches. For more information about work searches click here.

How do I apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation?

As soon as you see that your “Claim Benefit Balance” has a zero balance you will need to refile for your benefits. However, you will not be allowed to refile until the following SUNDAY of the last week you receive a weekly benefit amount. The system will not allow you to refile earlier. You may refile for benefits through your HIRE account by following these steps: 

  • First: You must login into your HIRE account. 
  • Second: Once you have logged in, you will need to click the “Menu” button at the top right corner of your page. You will then see a list of 5 choices. Click on the one that says “Services for Individuals.” 
  • Third: You should now see another list of 14 choices. You will need to click on the option, “Unemployment Services,” and you will be given another list of options.
  • Fourth:  You will now need to scroll down until you see the option named, “File a Claim,” where you will be taken to a new page. 
  • Fifth: Once you have refiled you should receive a “monetary determination” notice and a notice of eligibility for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

You may also refile through the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s phone number 1-866-783-5567. The phone line system is available from Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Though you will need to call on your designated. Your designated day is based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number. 

  • If your Social Security Number ends with 0000-2499, your designated call-in day will be Mondays. 
  • If your Social Security Number ends with 2500-4999, your designated call-in day will be Tuesdays. 
  • If your Social Security Number ends with 5000-7499, your designated call-in day will be Wednesdays. 
  • If your Social Security Number ends with 7500-9999, your designated call-in day will be Thursdays. 
  • Fridays are open to anyone needing assistance. 

It is encouraged if possible for you to refile through your HIRE account. HIRE accounts allow you to easily check the status of your claims and if there are other problems with your claim. 

If you refile and do not receive any information about your application for extended benefits Southeast Louisiana Legal Services might be able to assist you. You can apply for our services at our webpage or click here for more information. 

How much may I receive from Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation? 

This amount may vary depending on your situation and wage history. People who may qualify for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation will receive the same weekly benefit amount that would have under their original 26 weeks of unemployment compensation ($10 to $247). 

People may receive up to 24 weeks of benefits under Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. 

What happens after I have exhausted my Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation? 

If you have reached the maximum amount of benefits for your regular unemployment compensation and your Pandemic Emergency Unemployment compensation, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if your unemployment has been affected by COVID-19. 

These are some examples of COVID-19 related reasons:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking medical diagnosis;
  • A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has COVID-19;
  • A child or other person in the household for which you are responsible for is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for the individual to work;
  • You are unable to reach your job because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • You cannot reach your job because you have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
  • You were scheduled to commence employment and do not have a job or are unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19;
  • You have become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19, and/or 
  • Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. 
  • Other reasons related to COVID-19 may be recognized by the Agency depending on the facts revolving your situation. 

Those who are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are allowed to receive benefits for up to 50 weeks.  But this program ends on March 14, 2021. Once you have received benefits for 50 weeks, you will stop receiving payments. If you have already received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits you may not qualify again. 

Again if you are having problems and need legal assistance, you can apply for our services at our webpage or click here for more information. 

SLLS serves clients in 22 parishes in across southeast Louisiana. You can view our service areas here. If you are looking for legal assistance outside of our service areas, click here.  

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

Updated September 18, 2020

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has made some old requirements enforceable again. One of these requirements includes the work search requirement which began on August 9, 2020.

What is a work search?

A work search is when you contact an employer about a job.

How can I contact an employer about a job for my work search requirement?

Different places of employment use different ways for people to apply for a job. You may contact an employer by;

  • Emailing an employer or place of employment;
  • By faxing an employer or place of employment;
  • By using a place of employment’s online website or form;
  • By calling an employer or place of employment, and/or
  • By attending a job fair in person or virtually.

How many work searches must I do in order to continue receiving my unemployment benefits/ pandemic unemployment assistance?

Each week you are required to complete three work searches. This means you will have to contact 3 different employers or apply for 3 different jobs each week.

How do I tell the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) about my work searches?

You will need to report your work searches when you are filing your weekly claim certification. When you are done answering questions for your weekly claim certification, it will direct you to different new pages.

The first page will be titled, “Employer Information.” It is important that you give as much information about the job you applied to as best as you can. The information you will need to provide is the following:

  • The employer’s name or name of the job you applied for;
  • The trade name (which means type of job/occupation); AND
  • The address of the place you applied to. This will include the zip code, city, and state of the employer you contacted.

Other information you can give to complete your work search if you have it:

  • The way you contacted an employer or how you applied for the job;
  • The first and last name of the person you contacted about the job;
  • The phone number you may have used to contact the employer;
  • The email address you emailed to contact the employer (if you emailed the employer);
  • The website you used to contact the employer (if you used a website to apply for a job); and/or
  • The fax number you used to reach an employer, (if you faxed a job application).

The next page will be titled, “Job Title.” You will need to provide the following:

  • The name of the job title you applied for. Example: Cashier, Secretary, Nurse, etc.
  • The kind of job occupation you applied. Example: Healthcare, Hospitality, Transportation, etc.

The next page will be titled, “Application Information.” You will need to provide the following:

  • The date you contacted the employer or place of employment.
  • The status of your application for the job.
  • The day of your first interview (if a date for an interview was set).
  • The day you went to your first interview (if you attended an interview).
  • The day you were told you did not get hired or refused the job (if this applies to you).
  • The last day that you worked at the new place of employment (if this applies to you).

Providing this information is important and it is important that you answer as accurate as you can to prevent any future problems. The Louisiana Workforce commission will keep a record of your weekly required 3 job searches, but it is important that you keep a personal record of these searches for your protection against any future problems with the agency. Keeping a personal record of these searches is even more important if you are filing your weekly claim certifications through the phone.

You can go to www.louisianaworks.net. There your will find different job openings available for your apply and complete your work search requirement.

Other information:

  • If you answered “No” to the weekly claim certification question, “Were you able and available to work?” and it is due to any of the following COVID-19 related issues:
    • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking medical diagnosis;
    • A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has COVID-19;
    • A child or other person in the household for which you are responsible for is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for the individual to work;
    • You are unable to reach your job because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • You cannot reach your job because you have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
    • You were scheduled to commence employment and do not have a job or are unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19;
    • You have become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19, and/or
    • Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Then you may enter in each work search, “COVID-1, COVID-2, and COVID-3” as your three employer contacts. The rest of the spaces asking for additional information can be left blank.

Some claimants are exempt from the Work Search requirement. The agency will not ask them to complete the Work Search requirement. The Louisiana Workforce Commission has stated that there is no need to contact the agency if you are not asked to complete a work search.

If you have any concerns or are having problems with your unemployment benefits you can apply for our services at our webpage or click here for more information.

 

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

Updated as of September 18, 2020

With schools reopening in different ways, unemployment claimants may no longer have to be home to ensure that their children are safe or can continue their education. Under regular unemployment compensation, claimants cannot continue to receive benefits if they are forced to stay home to care for their children. However, the federal Department of Labor has provided guidance to all unemployment agencies on how to work with this new issue for most unemployment claimants to continue receiving their benefits under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Can I still receive my unemployment benefits if my child’s school is open, but is only providing virtual/online teaching?

  • If you are receiving your unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fund you may still qualify for your benefits as long as you are the only person providing care for your child or children and caring for your children keeps you from working. A school or facility that is only offering online teaching or a virtual learning program is considered to be closed for the purposes of the CARES act.
  • If you are receiving unemployment benefits under another unemployment program, such as regular unemployment compensation, you may need to be switched to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in order to continue receiving your unemployment benefits.

Can I still receive my unemployment benefits while my child’s school is only offering virtual/ online teaching, but I am also teleworking at home?

You may not continue receiving unemployment benefits if you are able to telework at home despite your child’s school only offering virtual/online learning.

The only exception to this rule is if your child’s virtual learning is affecting your ability to telework causing reduced hours or keeping you from teleworking all together. Any earnings you have made each week must be reported to the Louisiana Workforce Commission in your weekly claim certifications.

My child’s school is only open on certain days of the week and the rest of the days the school only offers virtual/online learning for my child (commonly known as the Hybrid Model).  Can I still receive my unemployment benefits?

You may qualify for your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance as long as you are the only person providing care for your child or children and such child care is required for you to continue working. A school or facility that is only offering a hybrid model of teaching is considered to be closed for the purposes of the CARES act.

However, you cannot receive any benefits if you are teleworking from home or you are receiving any form of paid leave from your former or current employer.

My child’s school is offering two options for my child’s school’s learning. The options are for them to attend school virtually full time or for them attend school in person full time. I have chosen for my child to attend school virtually full time. Can I still receive my benefits?  

If your child’s school is giving you the option as to what method you want your child to attend and you have chosen for them to do virtual learning you cannot receive your unemployment benefits if that keeps you from being able and available to work.

Schools offering two options to parents are not considered to be closed for the purpose of the CARES Act and those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. There may be a few exceptions to this rule, but each case is different based on one’s individual circumstances.

Some exceptions to his rule may be:

  • Your child’s school completely recloses all in-person learning options after attempting to physically reopen for the school year.
  • Your child or another member of your household has become sick with COVID-19 and you must care for them.
  • You have become sick with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and are seeking medical attention.
  • You have been told to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 related concerns.
  • Other reasons may apply, but each case is different as LWC should review each claimant’s application individually based on their own circumstances.

If you have any concerns or are having problems with your unemployment benefits you can apply for our services at our webpage or click here for more information. You may also review the federal guidelines for more information by clicking here.

 

 

The information provided on this post does not, and is not intended to, represent legal advice. All information available on this site is for general informational purposes only. If you need legal help, you should contact a lawyer. You may be eligible for our free legal services and can apply by calling our Covid Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 or applying online here.

Updated September 18, 2020

Recently, a computer error notified up to 7,600 people they had to pay back the unemployment benefits they received. The State has reported that they are working on correcting the issue and that the majority of people who were sent these letters by mistake will not owe anything.

But the time to appeal for a “fair hearing” about an unemployment notice is 15 days from the date on the notice. So people who got this notice should appeal within the 15 days unless they receive a correction from the state before then.

HOW DO I APPEAL?

Appeal right away to protect your rights! You only have 15 days to submit your appeal. Your letter will include the date you must submit your appeal by. If you miss the deadline, you may lose your right to appeal.

The letter will provide instructions on how to appeal the overpayment. You can appeal:

  • Online through your HiRE account at louisianaworks.net (This will be the fastest option.)
  • Email— Complete the "I appeal" section on your letter, scan the page, and email it to ClerkAppeal@lwc.la.gov.
  • Fax—Complete the "I appeal" section on your letter, and fax it to 1-225-346-6077.
  • Postal mail— Complete the "I appeal" section on your letter, make a copy, and mail it to:

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Attn: Appeals Tribunal
P.O. Box 94094
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094

*Make sure your appeal is postmarked by the appeal deadline provided on your letter.

If you decide to file an appeal, you should still file your weekly certifications.

You can also call Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to see if we can give you free legal help. Call our COVID-19 Helpline at 1-844-244-7871 to apply for free legal assistance. But go ahead and appeal before you hear back from Legal Services. Because of the large number of notices, they may not be able to return your call in time.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I APPEAL?

If your appeal is submitted before the deadline on your letter, a telephone hearing will be scheduled with an Administrative Law Judge, unless the agency fixes the problem ahead of time.  Be sure you are available for your hearing. If you cannot make the scheduled time, please contact the agency as soon as possible so that you don’t automatically lose your appeal.

You will be sent a letter with the hearing date, time, and the reason for the hearing. Be sure to read this letter carefully.

The judge must also explain in writing your rights at the hearing. These rights include the right to:

  • speak for yourself
  • have witnesses with important information speak
  • bring papers to show the judge
  • question any witness your former employer brings
  • object to improper evidence or testimony

If you are not given the opportunity to appeal or if you are not given information on your hearing, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

At the hearing you will have the opportunity to explain why the overpayment is incorrect or why the amount the State claims that you need to repay is incorrect.

Except for amounts paid by the federal government, you should  also be sent papers to fill out about your income and expenses, and have the chance to explain why you cannot pay the overpayment amount and request a waiver. The federal benefits, where hardship does not matter, are:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (paid to some people for weeks since January whose job loss was caused by the pandemic and who could not get normal unemployment benefits because they quit the job (for example to care for a child out of school or because of a Covid test) or because they did not have enough “W-2” wages, or had to repay the state for a past overpayment
  • Lost Wage Assistance (the extra $300 paid for a few weeks in August and September)
  • Disaster Unemployment Compensation (the extra $600 a week that was paid from late March through July)
  • Some other unusual benefits

 

 

La información proporcionada en este artículo no representa, ni pretende, asesoramiento legal. Toda la información disponible en este sitio es solo con fines informativos generales. Si necesita ayuda legal, debe ponerse en contacto con un abogado. Usted puede ser elegible para nuestros servicios legales gratuitos y puede llamarnos a nuestra línea directa legal de Covid al 1-844-244-7871 o aplicar con nuestra aplicación electrónica aquí.

¿Ha Recibido Su Cheque De Estimulo Económico?

Usted puede ser unos de los 300,000+ que pueden ser elegibles en recibir este dinero proveído por el Departamento de Impuestos (conocido come el IRS).

Si usted no está obligado a pagar sus impuestos anuales, usted es considerado como un “Non-Filer” y puede proveer la siguiente información al Departamento de Impuestos (IRS). Esta información debe ser proveído para la fecha Octubre 15, 2020 si quiere recibir su pago de estímulo económico. Este pago incluye 1,200 dólares para cada adulto y $500 dólares para cada niño que tenga 17 años o menos de edad.

Si Usted Es Un “Non-Filer”

  1. Visite la página de web: https://www.irs.gov/es/help/telephone-assistance y oprime donde dice “Pagos de alivio por el impacto económico (estimulo): lo que necesita saber.” Esto lo llevara a otra página.
  2. En la siguiente página, usted va ver en el medio que hay otro lugar donde puede oprimir su información. Esta sección dirá, Herramienta Non-Filers: Enter Payment Infor Here.” (La información estará en inglés).
  3. Cuando oprime esta información, lo llevara a una nueva página donde usted podrá ser una cuenta con el Departamento de Impuestos (IRS). Usted tendrá que tener un correo electrónico para proceder.

Cuando usted está aplicando para esta cuenta, usted está certificando que sus ingresos en el 2019 fueron menor de lo que esta requerido por el Departamento de Impuestos (IRS). Si esto no es cierto, usted puede enfrentarse a impuestos adicionales por no pagar sus impuestos en el 2019.

 

¿Que Información Usted Debe Proveer?

  • Su nombre completo, su dirección de correo, y su dirección de correo electrónico.
  • Su fecha de nacimiento y número de seguro social.
  • Su número de cuenta de banco, el tipo de cuenta, y su número de ruta (si usted tiene una).
  • Su número de protección de identidad, (conocido como IP PIN), si usted recibió una. Si la perdió, usted puede contactar el Departamento a esta página.
  • Su licencia de manejo o tarjeta de identificación.
  • Para cada niño en su hogar que tenga 17 años o menos, usted también tiene que obtener el número de seguro social de cada niño. Si no tiene esta información, usted puede también proveer información sobre su hijo y la relación que él o ella tiene hacia usted. Un número de identificación para niños adoptivos también puede ser proveído.
    • No importa si no es su hijo biológico, lo único que si es importante es que el niño vive en su hogar y usted es el proveedor del niño.

¿Todavía Su Cheque Esta Perdido?

La información proporcionada en este artículo no representa, ni pretende, asesoramiento legal. Toda la información disponible en este sitio es solo con fines informativos generales. Si necesita ayuda legal, debe ponerse en contacto con un abogado. Usted puede ser elegible para nuestros servicios legales gratuitos y puede llamarnos a nuestra línea directa legal de Covid al 1-844-244-7871 o aplicar con nuestra aplicación electrónica aquí.

Si usted ha recibido o espera recibir un pago de estímulo económico para la crisis de COVID-19 hecho por el Gobierno, tenga precaución de como recibe y guarde este dinero. Hay varias formas en que usted puede perder su dinero antes de recibirlo.

Este Atento y Chequé Su Cuenta De Banco:

La forma más fácil para que usted reciba su cheque de estímulo económico es en recibirla por su cuenta de banco. El Gobierno depositara su cheque. Desafortunadamente esta también es la forma más fácil en perder su dinero. Este atento lo siguiente:

Si Usted Debe Dinero:

Si debe dinero y la corte entra una orden de corte hacia usted, su dinero puede ser apoderado al momento en que el gobierno envíe su cheque. Por ejemplo, si una compañía de tarjetas de crédito obtiene una orden hecha por la corte y todavía no la ha pagado, la orden puede tener instrucciones para que la compañía se apodere de su dinero automáticamente.

También si usted debe dinero a su banco o si no tiene suficientes fondos en su cuenta de banco, el banco tiene el derecho de usar cualquier dinero encontrado en su cuenta para pagar el aumento debido.

Hay algunas excepciones en donde esto no puede pasar pero requiere que usted haga una cuenta especial donde ninguna persona pueda apoderarse de su dinero.

Solo Hay Ciertos Tipos De Cuentas Que Puedan Proteger Su Pago De Estimulo Económico:

Algunos de ustedes talvez escucharon que la ley sobre cómo proteger su dinero ha cambiado. Esto es cierto pero solo por cierto tipo de cuentas de banco.

Debajo de la nueva ley en el estado de Louisiana, el pago de estímulo económico solo puede ser protegido si usted tiene un tipo de cuento de banco. Este tipo de banco se llama la cuenta de “RS 20:34 Account.” El banco tiene que designar y describir la cuenta como “RS 20:34 Account.” cuando usted abre la nueva cuenta. Si la cuento no está designada como una cuenta “RS 20:34 Account,” cualquier acreedor puede apoderarse de su dinero.

Es posible que usted pueda cambiar la cuenta que tiene ahorita y obtener que sea una cuenta “RS 20:34 Account.” Pero tiene que asegurarse que el documento que usted firma para hacer este cambio tenga la correcta información. Si obtiene cheques para su cuenta, también asegurase que sus cheques tengan la información que la cuenta de banco es una cuenta “RS 20:34 Account.”

No Mezcla Su Dinero De Estimulo Económico Con Su Otro Dinero:

Si tiene su dinero de estímulo económico en una cuenta “RS 20:34”, es importante que solo use esta cuenta para sostener sus fondos de estímulo económico. Si usted mezcla sus fondos, es posible que pueda perder su dinero.

Si Se Ha Emitido Una Orden De Embargo, Debe Obtener Una Orden Hecha Por La Corte Para Disfruta De La Incautación De Fondos Exentos:

Automáticamente la ley de Louisiana no para ningún banco en cumplir cualquier orden hecha por la corte. Usted tiene que tener una orden hecha por la corte que pare el procedimiento de apoderamiento de sus fondos. Usted puede llamar a nuestra oficina para obtener asistencia legal. Solo tiene que aplicar al número 1-844-244-7871 y puede ser elegible en recibir nuestros servicios gratuitos.

Si Aplica Para Bancarrota, Avísale A Su Abogado De Su Pago De Estimulo Economico:

Es importante que usted le avise a su abogado si usted tiene una cuenta “RS 20:34” en el banco antes de que usted aplique para bancarrota. Es importante que cualquier creedor sepa que usted tiene esta cuenta y que los fondos no se pueden obtener.

 

La información proporcionada en este artículo no representa, ni pretende, asesoramiento legal. Toda la información disponible en este sitio es solo con fines informativos generales. Si necesita ayuda legal, debe ponerse en contacto con un abogado. Usted puede ser elegible para nuestros servicios legales gratuitos y puede llamarnos a nuestra línea directa legal de Covid al 1-844-244-7871 o aplicar con nuestra aplicación electrónica aquí.

Necesitó ayuda para recibir o pagar por la comida de mi hogar. ¿Qué pasos puedo dar para recibir asistencia?

Si está tendiendo problemas en recibir o pagar por su comida, aquí hay algunos programas que lo pueden ayudar. Por favor busque abajo para más información.

Nota: La crisis de Covid-19 ha cambiado algunas reglas y la forma de cómo estos programas trabajan con los propósitos de apoyar el distanciamiento social y ayudar a la gente más necesitada.

¿Puedo aplicar para la asistencia de estampías para comida durante desastre, conocidos en inglés como Disaster Food Stamps o DSNAP?

No. La asistencia de estampías para comida durante desastres ácido proveído en otros tiempos de declaraciones de desastre federal pero esta asistencia no existe para la crisis de COVID-19. Pero si hay algunos cambios en el programa. Para más información sobre la asistencia de SNAP y las nuevas reglas, por favor visite la página de web https://slls.org/snap/.

La asistencia de recojo de comida en las escuelas de su vecindad y otra localidades.

Muchas de las escuelas y otras organizaciones están proveyendo comida gratis para niños menores de 18 años.  Para muchos de estos programas, un adulto de 18 años o mayor debe estar presente para recoger las meriendas. El adulto no necesita que sus hijos estén presente físicamente.

Para más información de estos programas de recojo de comida, puede ir a esta página de web, https://cnp.doe.louisiana.gov/ServingSites/.

Si usted se encuentra en la ciudad de Baton Rouge, puede encontrar más información en esta página de web https://www.brla.gov/2163/Free-Meal-Pickup-Sites-for-Children.

Si usted se encuentra en la ciudad de Nuevo Orleans, usted puede encontrar más información en esta página de web https://ready.nola.gov/home/#food.

Para más información de estos programas, llame al número 211.

EL Programa WIC – Conocido como la asistencia de Mujeres, Infantes y Niños.

El programa de WIC ayuda a mujeres embarazadas, mujeres lactantes, mujeres posparto, infantes y niños menores de 5 años.  El programa provee una tarjeta para comprar comida específica y nutritiva.  El programa también provee información nutritiva, la promoción y suporte de lacta miento, e información de otros servicios de salud y ayuda.

Muchos de las oficinas de WIC todavía están abiertas pero con ciertas precauciones. Participantes del programa se pueden quedar en sus vehículos durante todo el tiempo de su cita. Su información la pueden colectar por su teléfonos y un miembro del programa saldrá a saludarlo. Por favor traiga su identificación, su tarjeta de WIC (si ya tiene una) y todos los otros documentos que le pidan.

Visite la página http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/987 para más información del programa durante la crisis de COVID-19.

Llame al número 1-800-251-BABY para aplicar por el programa o recibir más información.

Otros Programas:

Durante la crisis de COVID-19 muchos de los gobiernos locales, organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro, y negocios también tienen programas para ayudar a gente recibir la comida que necesitan. Estos programa incluyen despensas de comida, programas de recojo de comida, entregas de comida para personas mayores y discapacitadas.

Llame al número 211 para recibir más información de estos programas.

Si usted vive en la ciudad de New Orleans o Baton Rouge y tiene una emergencia de comida, llame al número 311.

Si vive en la ciudad de New Orleans, también puede visitar la página de web https://ready.nola.gov/home/#food.