State Department of Corrections Suspends Visitation

With the surge of COVID-19 positive cases in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) has suspended prisoner visitation and volunteering effective immediately through August 16, at Louisiana's eight state-run prisons. The Department has taken this precautionary measure to protect its staff and prisoner populations.In lieu of visitation,...

City Issues Indoor Mask Advisory

The rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks has prompted officials with the City of New Orleans to issue an indoor mask advisory, asking everyone to wear a mask indoors when with people who are not members of their immediate family. “The alarming transmission data we’ve...

City Partners with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) to Prevent Foreclosures for Homeowners Affected by COVID-19

The City of New Orleans has partnered with the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), to prevent Orleans Parish homeowners directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) from foreclosure. The program is for low-income homeowners and owner-occupied landlords (1-4 units) who are behind or in arrears on their mortgage payments and who need...

A Year of COVID-19 Brought Record Consumer Debt and Collection Complaints

70 million consumers contacted by at least one debt collector  By Charlene CrowellNNPA ContributorAfter more than a year of COVID-19, the nation’s collective ability to cope with dual public health and economic crises has diminished many consumers’ ability to remain financially stable. While this February’s national employment report by the Bureau of...

COVID-19 Meal Program Enters its Ninth Month

The City of New Orleans recentlu announced that the COVID-19 Meal Assistance Program will continue to run until at least Mar. 31, bringing the program into its ninth month. The program is opearted in parttnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This emergency food program serves New Orleans residents by...