Restore Act

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Restore Act

U.S. Department of Treasury

Summary:

On April 20, 2010, the largest offshore oil spill in the United States occurred, exacerbating the effects of previous natural disasters. Oil flowed unchecked for three months. The cause was an explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Before the well was capped, millions of barrels of crude oil were released, closing tens of thousands of square miles of federal waters to fishing, and causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, and tourism.

On July 6, 2012, the President signed into law the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act; Subtitle F of Public Law 112-141) (http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Documents/Final-Restore-Act.pdf) . The Act established the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department. Eighty percent of the civil penalties paid after July 6, 2012, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be deposited into the Trust Fund and invested. Under the Act, amounts in the Trust Fund will be available for programs, projects, and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region. These funds were split into five different funding streams.

One of the streams, known as the Direct Component includes funds available for access by St. Tammany Parish through the Treasury Department. As of October 14, 2014, the amount available for distribution to St. Tammany Parish is $933,988.00. Additional funding is anticipated to be made available upon the conclusion of the pending lawsuits. As additional funding is made available to the Trust fund, the Multi-Year Implementation Plan will be modified to add additional projects.

The requirements of the RESTORE Act define the conditions entities must meet before receiving Direct Component Funds. In order to access funds from the Treasury Department the Multi-Year Implementation Plan must be created and present to the public for comment. After the 45-day public comment period, the Multi-Year Implementation Plan can be sent to the Treasury Department for approval. Once approved, grant applications for the specific projects listed in the plan can be submitted for approval and processing.

Restore Act Multiyear Plan (pdf)

DHHS- CDBG

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Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Housing program partners with nonprofit organizations to provide housing services to the residents of St. Tammany Parish.  For information on St. Tammany Parish housing programs, please click on links below. Another resource is the Community Resource List listed on the right.

The Mission of the CDBG and Housing program is to improve the lives of St. Tammany Parish residents through comprehensive housing efforts which address homeownership, homelessness, rehabilitation, and weatherization – one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.

The Vision of the CDBG and Housing program is that everyone in St. Tammany Parish has an affordable, decent and safe place to live.

We operate with the Core Values of stewardship, fiscal responsibility and inclusiveness.

Homelessness

Housing and Homeless Assistance Program Assist homeless families and individuals to become stably housed. Clients must be within CDBG income limits to qualify. Program has eligibility requirements and is subject to funding availability. Slidell:       985-646-2090
Covington: 985-893-3923

Emergency Solutions Grant Provides rental assistance to stabilize and rapidly re-house families or individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Program has eligibility requirements and is subject to funding availability.

Download the Emergency Solutions Grant Program Client Intake Form here.

Slidell:       985-646-2090
Covington: 985-893-3923

Supportive Housing Program Provides housing and supportive services for families to become self-sufficient through education and financial assistance. Program has eligibility requirements and is subject to funding availability.

Download the Supportive Housing Intake/ Assessment Form here.

Slidell:       985-646-2090
Covington: 985-893-3923
Family Promise Faith-based community committed to helping homeless families with children in need. 985-201-7221
Northlake Homeless Coalition Directory of services for shelter, housing and resources that may be of assistance to persons experiencing homelessness. 985-415-2388

Home Ownership Resources

Habitat for Humanity St Tammany West Homeownership Center helps local residents achieve and sustain homeownership, offering credit repair, pre purchase counseling, financial fitness classes and money management classes. 985-893-3179
Habitat for Humanity East St. Tammany - Helps income eligible families purchase a home with a no interest mortgage. 985-649-0067
Northshore Housing Initiative Community Land Trust - The community land trust in St. Tammany Parish. NHI helps moderate income buyers purchase a home by investing in the land. 985-246-7050
New Day Homeownership Center Homeowner counseling and home repair grants to members of the community. Offering credit repair, pre-purchase counseling, financial fitness classes and money management classes. 985-288-5826
United States Dept. of Agriculture – The USDA offers two types of home loans for rural areas. The 502 Loan is for low-wealth families and the Guaranteed Loan is for families within the medium income range. 985-748-8751

Home Repair

Volunteers of America Maintenance - Residential Rehabilitation Program. Home repairs, handicap accessibility and energy efficiency improvements. Income limits apply. 985-674-0488
Northshore Disaster RecoveryResidential Rehabilitation Program. Home repairs and handicap accessibility and energy efficiency improvements. Income limits apply. 985-781-7990
Louisiana Housing Corp. Owner-occupied rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina and/or Rita. Contact: Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, Inc.
985-605-5777
Weatherization Assistance Program Weatherization assistance to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income families. Income qualifications are set annually by federal government. Priority is given to households with members who are:
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Have children under the age of 5
WAP Application (.pdf)
Slidell-985-646-2090
Cov.-985-893-3923
World Changers - A program that provides Southern Baptist youth an opportunity to help repair the homes of low-wealth families. 1-800-254-2022

Section 8

The Covington Housing Authority 985-898-0345
Slidell Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8) 985-690-7370

Public Notices Public Notices

Public Health

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Public Health

The Public Health (PH) program works with nonprofit organizations to provide wellness, behavioral health, and suicide prevention services to the residents of St. Tammany Parish.

The health and well-being of St. Tammany Parish residents is of primary concern.  For more information on general health, behavioral and mental health, and wellness programs, please click on the links below to access information on services.

The Mission of the Public Health program is to improve public health and behavioral health for all St. Tammany Parish residents through accessibility to high quality programs.

The Vision of the Public Health program is a St. Tammany Parish community where there is improved physical and mental well-being in all people.

We operate with the Core Values of knowledge, partnership and integrity.

General Health Services

Covington Food Bank Dental Services provides affordable dental services to income- qualified individuals. 985-871-3939
LSU-School of Dentistry Offers a full range of dental services and procedures. Dental care is not provided free of charge, but fees in student clinics are significantly reduced from the cost of private dental care. 504-619-8770
St. Tammany Community Health Center Slidell-Primary Health care all ages; Immunizations/Vaccinations; Mental Health 501 Robert Road
Slidell, LA 70458
985-607-0400

St. Tammany Community Wellness Center

  1. Process Medicaid Applications
  2. WIC Services
  3. Immunizations & Shot Records
  4. Women & Children's Health
1505 N. Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
985-871-6030

Behavioral & Mental Health Services

The Phone St. Tammany24-hour crisis counselling and emotional support line. 985-231-1142
VIA LINK/211 Information, referrals & crisis line Dial 2-1-1
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
St. Tammany Community Health Center Slidell-Mental Health Evaluation and Counseling 501 Robert Road
Slidell, LA  70458
985-607-0400
St. Tammany Community Health Center Covington-Mental Health Evaluation and Counseling 1301 N. Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
985-400-5340
Lurline Smith Mental Health CenterOutpatient mental health services to adults and children. 900 Wilkinson St.
Mandeville, LA 70448
985-624-4450
NAMI St TammanySupport, Education and Referral Services 985-626-6538
VOA Crisis Response ProgramResponse to a mental health crisis at the request of first responders and follow-up after the immediate crisis has passed. 985-674-0488
Youth Service Bureau Provides advocacy, counseling, education and intervention for at-risk youth and their families. 985-893-6113
STOPS Counseling and referrals for the family and friends of persons who have completed suicide. 985-237-5506

Wellness Programs

Covington Food Bank Food assistance for individuals and families who live at or below the federal poverty guidelines. 985-893-3003
Good Samaritan MinistryProvides services and resources to those coping with emergencies in Slidell, Alton & Pearl River 985-641-6421
Samaritan Center, Inc.Provides food, gas, clothing, limited utility assistance and more 985-626-4457

Public Health Program Notices

Community Action Agency

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Community Action Agency

The Community Action Agency (CAA), with offices in Covington and Slidell, provides a number of services to St. Tammany Parish residents including emergency utility, rental and mortgage assistance.  The CAA also works with homeless and near-homeless families transitioning from homelessness to help them become self-sustaining. They help individuals and families break down barriers that create dependency. 

The Mission of the CAA is to provide supportive services that empower low-income St. Tammany Parish families and promote self-sufficiency.

The Vision of the CAA is for St. Tammany Parish to be a community where all residents have reliable public transportation, adequate housing and a living wage.

The Core Values are competency, accountability, responsibility and empathy.

Covington 
1301 North Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
Phone: 985-893-3923
Fax: 985-875-3025
Slidell 
520 Old Spanish Trail - 3C
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone: 985-646-2090
Fax: 985-643-5843

CAA Programs

Financial Hardship - When financial hardship occurs, due to unforseen circumstances, there are agencies and services that may be able to help. Listed below are programs offered by the Community Action Agency. All programs are subject to eligibility requirements and funding availability. Income guidelines are set annually by the Federal Government.

Covington 
1301 North Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
Phone: 985-893-3923
Fax: 985-875-3025
Slidell 
520 Old Spanish Trail - 3C
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone: 985-646-2090
Fax: 985-643-5843
ATMOS Share the Warmth Energy assistance for ATMOS customers in danger of service disconnection.
CLECO Care – 25% (fuel portion only) discount for Cleco customers for the months of June, July and August. Must apply annually between October and May.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)Emergency rental & mortgage assistance for individual or familes, tuition assistance for post-secondary education and summer employment.

Download the CSBG Application here.

Download the Advisory Board Application here 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Energy assistance program for help with utility bills. Benefits based on:
  • Household income
  • Household size
  • Cost of utility bills
  • Receipt of utility allowance
United Way Emergency utility, rental & mortgage assistance.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Assistance to improve the energy efficiency of homes of income eligible families. Typical work may include air sealing, attic insulation and weather-stripping. Priority is given to households with members who are:
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Have children under the age of 5
WAP Application (.pdf)

The CAA provides application assitance for the following programs funded and administered by the State of Louisiana:

DCFS Assistance Programs

To apply for benefits, call 1-888-LAHELPU or visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)Provides assistance to families to help pay for the child care needed in order to work, or attend school or training.
Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) Provides temporary cash assistance to eligible low-income families who need assistance for children.
Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) Provides cash assistance for eligible children who reside with qualified relatives other than parents.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Department of Children and Family Services (SNAP – food stamps)

To apply for benefits, call 1-888-LAHELPU or visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov

If you need assistance completing application forms for SNAP, please make an appointment with a CAA worker. CAA is not a provider, but can assist with application completion.

Public Notices

DHHS-Home

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The Department of health and human services

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the liaison between St. Tammany Parish Government and social service agencies within our community. The DHHS staff administers federal, state and local funds for the purpose of providing services to St. Tammany Parish residents. 

DHHS is divided into three programs; The Community Action Agency (CAA), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Public Health Program. For more information on each program, please click the links below.

The Mission of DHHS is to improve the quality of life for St. Tammany Parish residents by supporting comprehensive social services and public health programs that empower families, foster self-sufficiency and positively transform the lives of people in our community.

The Vision of DHHS is to create a legacy of healthy, safe and sustainable community for the residents of St. Tammany Parish.

DHHS embraces the Core Values of commitment, dedication, compassion, competency, collaboration, teamwork, positivity, customer satisfaction and responsibility.

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