Our Town | April 2022

City Launches Towing Reimbursement Portal for Car Theft Victims

The City of New Orleans recently launched an online portal for individuals to submit claims for towing reimbursement. Anyone that paid out-of-pocket fees to recover a stolen vehicle from a tow company in Orleans Parish since August 1, 2017, could be eligible for reimbursement from the City of New Orleans.

The portal will collect information about the vehicle and applicant, along with proof of payment and proof of identification. Individuals can submit a recovered vehicle reimbursement claim by visiting nola.gov/nopd/towed-stolen-vehicle-reimbursement/. 

As reimbursement requests are submitted, they will be verified against the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) records to ensure that the vehicle in question was involved in a police incident and was subsequently towed. Once this verification is complete, payment will be processed for the reimbursement and mailed via check. Applicants should allow up to 90 days for their reimbursement application to be verified and paid.

For questions, contact towingreimbursements@nola.gov.

Amistad Research Center Awarded Federal Grant or Pandemic Recovery

Amistad Research Center has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Amistad will use funds to anchor itself in the community as a strong humanities institution. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities subjects. 

“We are incredibly excited to have been chosen for this opportunity,” said Communications Specialist Amanda Lima. “This grant will allow Amistad to better reach our patrons as we share our collections, programs, and digital resources across multiple social media platforms. With the pandemic came concerns over accessibility which has inspired us to do more with how we can serve curious minds.”

More than 370 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA. View the full list of selected libraries.

“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic —from budget cuts to staff furloughs to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “This crucial support from NEH will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.” 

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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