- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials say Louisiana has received a $19.5 million federal grant to help communities that are still recovering from devastating floods this past spring.

The Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will fund work for about 1,575 families in 36 parishes: Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

Disaster case management is a process where a qualified individual serves as a single point of contact for individuals or families impacted by the floods. This person helps households identify unmet needs and make referrals to appropriate agencies.

The funding will be allocated among nonprofit organizations that will train and administer case managers including Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge, Easter Seals Louisiana, Upbring Disaster Response, ICNA Relief USA, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Volunteers of America North Louisiana.


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