BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has opened mobile units in Grand Isle and Cut Off, offering services for individuals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In Grand Isle, services are being offered at the Grand Isle Community Center, 3811 La. 1. Hours of the LWC mobile unit, located on the grounds of the center, are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each week day.
In Cut Off, services are being offered at the Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St. Hours of the LWC mobile unit there are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each week day.
A range of services will be offered, including assistance with applying for potential jobs that may become available due to the oil spill.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) also has staff in the centers at both locations to assist people with applying for social services such as the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
Last week, DSS issued an emergency rule that implements broad-based categorical eligibility for SNAP that will exclude many resources from eligibility determinations, including all payments other than wages received as a result of the incident. Under the emergency rule, resources like business accounts and lump sum insurance payments received from British Petroleum would not be counted as assets or income, making it easier for those affected to be eligible for benefits.
A toll-free hotline has been established by BP to discuss spill-related damage claims, including loss of income: 1-800-440-0858.
Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers.
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