Social Services

LA Department of Social Services
Provides social services such as access to SNAP, WIC, job placement, homeownership, disabilities, addiction, and health services
Main Phone: (225) 342-0286
Fax: (225) 342-8636
Orleans Parish:

1630 Iberville St. Suite 1000
P.O. Box 51870
New Orleans, LA 70151-1870

1010 Common Street – 10th Floor
P. O. Box 61210
New Orleans, La. 70161-1210
(504) 680-9100
Fax – (504) 680-9103

Supplemental location:
Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC
4626 Alcee Fortier Blvd.
Suite E
New Orleans, LA

Metropolitan Human Services District
Publicly funded mental health and addiction treatment services for residents of Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes. Ex. Free medication program, day treatment programs, crisis transportation, resource center. Shelter/housing referrals for homeless people with mental illness. Job readiness. Youth services. You can also find local support service providers.
400 Poydras St., Ste. 1800
New Orleans, LA

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Louisiana also provides comprehensive assistance. Food, crisis counseling, case management, employment assistance, and registration for food stamps & Medicaid.
For Catholic Charities services, please call the Care Line at (866) 891-2210.
1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 1000
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone: (504) 523-3755
Fax: (504) 523-2789

United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area
2515 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Phone: (504) 822-5540
Fax: (504) 821-4378

For immediate food supply contact the Second Harvest Food Bank

1201 Sams Avenue
New Orleans, LA
(504) 734-1322

700 Edwards Ave.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 734-1362

GCCF Claims

Gulf Coast Claims Facilities
The claims process has been taken over by Ken Feinberg. Going forward, you must complete a new claim form, but if you have already submitted documentation, you do not need to re-submit. Please have your BP Claims, claim id # ready when completing the form.
Call: 800-440-0858 (24hrs / 7 days a week)
Locations: All Claims Centers are open from 8:00am – 7:00pm
Orleans Parish location:
4375 Michoud Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Technical assistance is available to claimants through these organizations:
A Shared Initiative, Inc. (ASII)– located in New Orleans Ninth Ward and affiliated with ASI Federal Credit Union, ASII provides expertise in mortgage lending, financing, and tax implications.
Contact: Lang Le
Phone: (504) 940-5924
3401 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO)
Based in New Orleans, CCANO maintains five sites in the following parishes: Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines (east and west), and Jefferson. Case management and mental health services are available to individuals and families affected by the Horizon Oil Spill.
Contact: Martin Gutierrez
Phone: 504-310-6914
Fax: 504-596-3098
1000 Howard Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC) – provides expertise of the fishing industry, specifically of and to the Vietnamese-American fishermen; coordinates services with Seedco Financial and with local government in Lafitte, LA.
Contact: Sandy Nguyen
Phone: (504) 628-2097
4520 Alba Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70129

Literacy Alliance – housed in Orleans Parish, provides Plain Language training, document editing and document translation services to ensure all documents are readable by the general public.
Contact: Rachel Nicolosi
Phone: (504) 864-7012
6363 St. Charles Ave. #63
New Orleans, LA 70118

Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Center (MQVN CDC) – based in New Orleans East, a community based economic development organization that serves a predominantly Vietnamese American population with Limited English Proficiency.
Contact: Tuan Nguyen
Phone: (504) 225-9170
4626 Alcee Fortier Blvd. Suite E
New Orleans, LA 70129

Operation HOPE (HOPE) – Based in New Orleans, HOPE provides economic empowerment services to populations needing financial recovery assistance after disasters. HOPE provides free small business coaching. HOPE also provides free claims assistance for those affected by the oil spill.
Bill Norris, Program Director
Phone: 504.309.6153 x2
1215 Pyrtania St. Suite 329
New Orleans, LA 70130

Vietnamese Initiatives in Education and Training (VIET) – works to develop educational and economic training programs and act as a resource center for minority residents in Louisiana. VIET’s Disaster Technical Assistance (DTAP) mobilized in May 2010 to respond to the BP Oil Spill. The VIET office was the first BP Claims Center in Eastern New Orleans that was set up to respond to the community needs. As the process moved to GCCF, VIET is provide direct service to oil spill claimants by providing a case management system that walks the claimant through the claim processes and introduce them to other supportive services that can benefit the individual. Other programs include: Afterschool Academy and Summer Adventure, Free Tax Preparation Services and Business Technical Assistance Program.
Contact: Cyndi Nguyen
Phone: (504) 415-4905
4655 Michoud Blvd. Suite D-6
New Orleans, LA 70129

Small Business Assistance

Seedco Financial Services
Provides financing and business assistance for small businesses. Also provides Technical Assistance for filing Oil Spill Claims.
Xavier University
909 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.
New Orleans, LA
504-392-2454 or 504-520-5727 (call for hours)

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. Deadline to apply for SBA Disaster Loans is February 7, 2011.
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Orleans Parish Business Recovery Center:
4375 Michoud Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET)
4655 Michoud Blvd.
Suite D-6
New Orleans, LA 70129

Economic Development and Government Offices

City of New Orleans
1300 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
1515 Poydras St. Suite 1010
New Orleans, LA 70130

Legal Assistance

Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice provides legal services for the indigent of New Orleans. Several times a year, students interview prospective clients, and if those prospective clients meet federal poverty guidelines and have the type of case that the clinic can handle, then the student would accept the case.
The Law Clinic does not have the resources to do research for people who are not clients or give legal advice to people who are not clients.
Phone: (504) 861-5590
Fax: (504) 861-5440
Physical address:
526 Pine Street, Room 121
New Orleans, LA 70118
Mailing Address:
7214 St. Charles Avenue
Campus Box 902
New Orleans, LA 70118

Job Transition Resources

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Business & Career Solutions Centers
Orleans Parish locations:

East Bank Orleans Career Solutions Center – Job 1
2330 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA

West Bank Orleans Career Solutions center – Job 1
3520 Gen. DeGaulle Dr.
Algiers, LA

Delgado Community College offers a variety of inexpensive, flexible classes.
Orleans Parish:

Maritime, Fire and Industrial/ Fire Fighting , Safety Training
13200 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, Louisiana 70129
Field Phone: (504) 671-6620 / (504) 818-6200

Delgado general studies
City Park Campus
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504) 671-5012

West Bank Campus
2600 General Meyer Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114

Charity School of Nursing Campus
Delgado Community College
450 S. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
ph. 504-571-1270
fax. 504-568-5494

ESL Classes

Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate
ESL Information in English and Español
There is a $70 requested donation for English classes and $10 for citizenship classes.
Main phone: 504-722-5692
Class locations in Orleans Parish:

Tulane University in Uptown New Orleans
6329 Freret St, New Orleans, LA

Church of Christ in Mid City New Orleans
3644 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70126-5532

Esperanza Charter School in Mid City New Orleans
4407 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-6823

Delgado Community College ESL Program
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA United States 70119
Contact the ESL Department at (504) 671-5025 or (504) 671-6341
Classes are less than $600 for Louisiana residents.

University of New Orleans
Intensive English Language Program
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70148
Tel (504) 280-5530
Fax (504) 280-7317
Full time tuition is $1,850 and part time is $1,150.