Workforce Commission, DSS Providing Services at New Location in Cut Off

May 25, 2010

BATON ROUGE (May 24, 2010) – The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) mobile unit in Cut Off, which offers services for individuals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, is now located at 16241 E. Main St.

Hours of the mobile unit, located on the grounds of the Lafourche Parish Public Library, 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 library to assist people with applying for social services such as the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

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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