Louisiana has been hit hard by disasters the last several years — the pandemic, hurricanes, tornadoes, deep freezes, historic flooding. Most reporting happens in the immediate aftermath of a storm, and information is often scattered across the internet. It is usually only in English, not reaching underserved areas, and confusing to navigate.
We are changing that—deepening connections with community partners and residents in south Louisiana year round. Together, we’re supporting work on the ground to ensure folks prepare well before a disaster strikes, and we’re committed to this place during the long journey to recovery.
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The Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program aims to create temporary options closer to home as residents navigate federal aid programs.
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…
Local officials are working to inform the public while still recovering from 2020’s record-breaking season—all on tight budgets.
Hurricanes, a winter storm, and spring floods have left low-income Gulf Coast residents exhausted and cash strapped before this year’s season, with no significant aid…
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A state program aims to make COVID-19 vaccinations accessible to residents of southwest Louisiana, where vaccine rates are low and people are displaced.
Six months after Hurricane Laura, Lake Charles is still in a state of disrepair. The deep freeze has slowed recovery even more.
Without advance warning about the true scale of power outages and the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, local officials say they were caught off guard,…
This story was originally published by The Current. Pillows are in short supply at the Lafayette warehouse operated by the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness…