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COVID-19 Public Policy Updates



COVID-19 Public Policy Updates & Resources


UWSELA Action Alerts

  • 6/25/2020 - Early Care and Education
  • 6/24/2020 - Early Care and Education
  • 6/23/2020 - Early Care and Education (Fantasty Sports Contests Tax)
  • 6/19/2020 - Early Care and Education
  • 6/16/2020 - Updated Early Care and Education Ask
  • 6/11/2020 - Early Care and Education
  • 6/1/2020 - Regular Session Wins, Special Session Begins
  • 5/23/2020 - Diaper/Tampon Tax
  • 5/20/2020 - Early Care & Education
  • 5/20/2020 - Diaper/Tampon Tax
  • 5/18/2020 - Breast Cancer Surgery and Breast Reconstruction Insurance Coverage
  • 5/12/2020 - Paid Sick Leave & Diaper/Tampon Tax
  • 5/11/2020 - Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse
  • 5/8/2020 - Early Care & Education
  • 5/6/2020 - Paid Sick Leave
  • 5/5/2020 - Breast Cancer Surgery and Breast Reconstruction Insurance Coverage
  • 5/5/2020 - Federal Stimulus Check Protections
  • 5/4/2020 - Early Care & Education, Feminine Hygiene Product & Diaper Local Sales & Use Tax Exemption, Maternal Death Analyses, Paid Sick Leave
  • 4/14/2020 - Policy Webinar for Nonprofits
  • 4/9/2020 - Policy Webinar for Nonprofits
  • 4/1/2020 - Census Day
  • 3/24/2020 - Emergency Funding for VITA
  • 3/20/2020 - Federal COVID-19 Relief
  • 3/19/2020 - Federal COVID-19 Relief
  • 3/16/2020 - Federal COVID-19 Relief


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  • Gov. Edwards: State-Led Program To Offer COVID-19 Small Business Help - On April 1, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.
  • 4.2.20 VOAD/LAUW COVID-19 Updates
  • Assistance Resources for Those Impacted by COVID-19 - Resouce list from
  • Important 2020 Census Dates
  • Short Term Rentals for Healthcare Workers & First Responders in New Orleans - EMS Staff Housing is working with a group of real estate owners/investors to offer their vacant investment properties to healthcare workers and first responders with flexible terms at discounted rates. Learn more.
  • Louisiana Anti-Hunger Coalititon Update - An update from Danny Mintz at the Louisiana Budget Project.
    • Apparently, the effort to let people know about yesterday afternoon's deadline to file for March SNAP benefits was successful: DCFS estimates that they received over 22,000 applications for the program, yesterday alone. This is a very substantial increase over their normal application volume — before the coronavirus, the agency averaged a little over 1,000 applications per day, and had been averaging around 3,000 per day over the last two weeks.
    • For those of you who work or regularly communicate with SNAP clients, please help spread the word that DCFS's systems (application processing, telephone help line, and LAhelpU email address) are currently overwhelmed, and that this will likely continue for several days, as the agency processes this spike in applications.
    • March redeterminations have not been extended. All cases scheduled for redetermination in March have been processed normally. Redeterminations for April and May will be extended, but the length of that extension is still being determined. DCFS is currently seeking authority from the Food Nutrition Service (the agency that administers SNAP at the national level) to extend all certification periods by 2-3 months. I will let you know immediately if and when I find out details about the certification period extension.
      Here is a tweet from DCFS with information about supplemental benefits and the current backlog.
      Here is a link to DCFS's updated information page about SNAP changes due to COVID-19.
      Click here to join the Louisiana Anti Hunger Coalition email list to receive more updates like this in the future.


  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Facebook Live Info Sessions - Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, a United Way SELA Community Partner, hosted two Facebook Live sessions related to COVID-19 legal issues on 3/31.
    • In this video, SLLS Staff Attorney Hannah Adams talks about the current state of evictions in Louisiana, what to do if your landlord illegally locks you out, and how to talk to your landlord about April rent.
    • In this video, Paul Tuttle, Managing Attorney of SLLS' Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, discusses how to avoid identity theft and other tax information you need to know in the wake of COVID-19. 
  • Louisiana Anti-Hunger Coalititon Update - People who submit SNAP applications by 4:30 p.m. today (3/31), if eligible for any amount of SNAP, will receive the maximum benefit for March AND April (and subsequent months), regardless of their income level. This is true even if their applications are approved in April—March benefits will be back-loaded onto their EBT card. People applying tomorrow (4/1) will be eligible for benefits beginning in April, but will not be eligible for March benefits, since they will not have applied in March. This is thanks to a supplemental allotment Congress approved in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. DCFS's statement has more information.


  • Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for 501(C)(3) Nonprofits - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Ready Louisiana Coalition Update - As you likely know, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act last week, designed to help people and businesses that are struggling during the pandemic. This stimulus package is the right start to assist in the recovery of this pandemic, while we all recognize more needs to be done to bring back early care and education providers in our country and in Louisiana. National estimates suggest the child care industry needs $50 billion to recover. The CARES Act included $3.5 billion for early care and education block grants, of which Louisiana will receive about $65 million in one-time funding, and $750 million for the national Head Start program. It is a good start, but these funds will not cover the tremendous need to assist struggling child care businesses or families as we recover from the pandemic. We need our congressional delegation to remain informed about this issue and vigilant about pursuing policies and funding that put Louisiana's children, working families, and the economy back on the right track. Click here to view letters sent to Louisiana's federal delegation.