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DSS Shelter Memo 09.22.08 - At the request of Governor Jindal, the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) has completed the first phase of an exhaustive review of the agency’s emergency sheltering plan and operations that were activated in response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Included in the memo are short-term goals from an immediate analysis of the shortfalls during the Gustav response. DSS maintains primary responsibility for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 6, which encompasses mass care, emergency assistance, housing and human services. Department of Children & Family Services Announces Closing Date for Disaster Food Stamp Program 09.23.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services has announced that Disaster Food Stamp application sites around the state will end operations on Monday, September 29. DSS has been accepting applications since September 9 in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and recently added 14 parishes to the list of those eligible for this benefit meant to help families replenish food supplies lost to the storms.
Disaster Food Stamp Program Has Provided More Than $150 Million in Benefits to Louisiana Families (Corrected) 09.22.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services reported today that 434,716 eligible households have been provided federal Disaster Food Stamp Program benefits and were issued cards with $152,875,137 in benefits. DSS Releases Initial Emergency Sheltering Improvement Plan 09.22.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols announced today an initial five-point plan to improve the agency’s emergency sheltering operations after a preliminary review found deficiencies in the response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Governor Bobby Jindal requested the review in order to make immediate changes to the state’s emergency sheltering procedures.
Secretary Nichols Announces More than $105 Million in Benefits on Cards 09.19.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services reported today that 275,227 eligible households have been provided federal Disaster Food Stamp Program benefits and issued cards with more than $105 million in benefits as of 11 AM today. DSS Interim Secretary Surveys Disaster Food Stamp Application Sites 09.19.08 - Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols visited four of the eight new Disaster Food Stamp application sites today. Nichols traveled to Lake Charles, DeRidder, Jennings and Leesville to see the operations at food stamp application sites firsthand throughout the day.
DSS Prepares to Open New Disaster Food Stamp Program Sites 09.18.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services has received approval from the USDA for approval to open Disaster Food Stamp application sites in Washington and Franklin parishes for residents impacted by Hurricane Gustav and to open sites in six new parishes due to damage from Hurricane Ike. Those additional parishes are: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Sabine and Vernon. Disaster Food Stamp Program Has Now Helped 204,629 Families 09.18.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services reported today that 204,629 eligible households have been provided federal Disaster Food Stamp Program benefits and issued cards with more than $80 million in benefits.
Department of Children & Family Services Announces Site Changes for Disaster Food Stamp Program 09.18.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services announced the relocation of sites available to accept disaster food stamp application. As DSS nears the close of its second week of operation, some local agencies have requested that sites be moved due to scheduling conflicts. The Department has worked to develop as smooth a transition as possible between sites, coordinating efforts between staff, volunteers, local authorities and contractors. DSS Prepares to Extend Disaster Food Stamp Program to Residents Impacted by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Department 09.17.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services has submitted a request to the USDA for approval to expand the parishes eligible for Gustav disaster food stamps. With federal approval Washington and Franklin parishes would be granted Gustav benefits. Both parishes meet the FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) requirement. Including newly eligible parishes, DSS estimates that 396,000 families are eligible for these benefits as a result of Hurricane Gustav.
DSS Addresses Computer Error Affecting Some Food Stamp Electronic Benefit Cards 09.16.08 - Today, the Department of Children & Family Services announced that a computer program error in the disaster food stamp processing system, which caused an estimated 22,000 applicants to erroneously receive duplicate benefits, has been corrected and measures have been put in place to prevent future system errors and also increase DSS staff to speed up the processing of the applications and the uploading of benefits onto electronic benefit cards. Susan W. Sonnier Appointed Deputy Secretary of Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services 09.16.08 - Interim Secretary for the Department of Children & Family Services Kristy Nichols has appointed Susan W. Sonnier as her Deputy Secretary. This comes after the resignation of Terri Porche Ricks who has served at DSS for the past five years.
Department of Children & Family Services Opening Three More Disaster Food Stamp Sites 09.15.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) will have 44 sites in operation on Tuesday, September 16th where eligible Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Gustav can apply for the federal Disaster Food Stamp Program. Federal waiver applies to those that received three pay checks during eligibility period 09.15.08 - As of 3 p.m. today, more than 255,000 Disaster Food Stamp applications have been processed by the Department of Children & Family Services. Nearly 30,000 of those were taken today. This comes on the day the USDA Food and Nutrition Services approved Louisiana’s request to give some individuals and families a second opportunity to apply for benefits after they were determined ineligible to receive Federal Disaster Food Stamps.
DSS Reopens Disaster Food Stamp Site in Lafourche Parish ahead of Schedule to Meet Public Need 09.14.08 - In an effort to meet the needs of families in Lafourche Parish following hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Department of Children & Family Services has worked tirelessly to reopen the Disaster Food Stamp application site at Peltier Park in Thibodaux.  


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