Louisiana’s coastal tribes have been left to navigate a complex bureaucracy of parish, state, and federal agencies in a moment of crisis.
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Louisiana’s new hurricane survivor sheltering program could be a model for the future
The Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program aims to create temporary options closer to home as residents navigate federal aid programs.
How to navigate FEMA aid: Advice from a former employee
We’ve been fielding your questions about navigating federal assistance after Hurricane Ida. A longtime FEMA employee has some answers.
‘Do I even qualify?’: Deadline looms for $500 FEMA aid following Ida
The deadline for Louisiana residents impacted by Hurricane Ida to apply for Critical Needs Assistance from FEMA is Wednesday, September 22. But applicants’ experiences have varied widely, leaving many to wonder what makes someone eligible for the aid.
‘Life-threatening situation’: FEMA says power outages—not just storm damage—may qualify Louisiana residents for evacuation aid
Earlier this week, the agency said that only people with damaged homes would qualify.
A year after Hurricane Laura, southwest Louisiana ‘still in limbo’
As extreme weather events become more frequent and intense, multiple disasters in southwest Louisiana during the pandemic show how unequipped disaster aid systems are during compounding events.
‘Homesickness for a place you haven’t left’: A conversation with Stephanie Soileau
We spoke with the Lake Charles-raised author about her debut short story collection, Last One Out Shut Off the Lights.