MusiCares mission is to support the music community in times of need. We have distributed our promised $2 million dollars from our Music On A Mission virtual event to 2000 applicants. Not all applicants will receive funding based upon the volume of requests. We are no longer accepting applications for this final phase of COVID relief, but if you are in need of support, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for New Orleans (NOLA Specific)
FIRST AID STATION
Services will be limited and include oxygen exchange, minimal prescribing ability, medical device charging, and other basic health assessments. No medications will be available on site.
Operating 24/7, Central City Senior Center, 2101 Philip St.
COOLING CENTERS EVERYDAY
A/C, device charging, water, FEMA assistance
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Treme Recreation Center (900 N. Villere St)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Cut Off Recreation Center (6600 Belgrade St.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Gernon Brown Recreation Center (1001 Harrison Ave.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Milne Recreation Center (5420 Franklin Ave.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center (4300 St. Claude Ave.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., John P. Lyons Recreation Center (624 Louisiana Ave.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Joe W. Brown Recreation Center (5601 Read Blvd.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Rosenwald Recreation Center (1120 S. Broad Ave.)
POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION (PODs) FRIDAY
MREs, water, ice
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Joe W. Brown Park, (5475 Read Blvd.)
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Auditorium, (1451 Basin St.)
- 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., Skelly Park, (2515 Vespasian Blvd.)
- 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Wesley Barrow Stadium, (6500 Press Dr.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Rosenwald Recreation Center, (1120 S. Broad Ave.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, (5601 Read Blvd.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Lyons Recreation Center, (624 Louisiana Ave.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Gernon Brown Recreation Center, (1001 Harrison Ave.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Cut Off Recreation Center, (6600 Belgrade St.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Treme Recreation Center, (900 N. Villere St.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center, (4300 St. Claude St.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Milne Recreation Center, (5420 Franklin Ave.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Life Transformation Community Center, (8606 Marks St.)
- Plus numerous other sites, which are listed at ready.nola.gov/meals
TARPS/WATER DISTRIBUTION- ORGANIZED BY NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL
- 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Dryades YMCA, (2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.)
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Notre Dame Seminary, (2901 S. Carrollton Ave.)
BLUE TARP DISTRIBUTION
- The Army Corp of Engineers is providing blue tarps for Orleans Parish residents that sustained roof damage
- Visit Blue Roof Information (army.mil) for information on how to retrieve a blue tarp
Entergy New Orleans
- Entergy will continue to mobilize crews following the flow of electricity to restore the city’s power where possible and where customers need it most
- Residents are encouraged to avoid damaged equipment and downed powerlines
- Learn more at entergy.com and follow @Entergy on social media
Orleans Parish Communication District
- 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 services are fully operational
- Some cell phone carriers are continuing to experience difficulty connecting to 9-1-1
- If your cell phone cannot connect to 9-1-1, residents are encouraged to dial using a landline, call 504-671-3600 or text 9-1-1 for emergency services if needed
- If your cell phone cannot connect to 3-1-1, dial 504-539-3266 or text “Hello” to 311YES (311937)
- City service requests can also be submitted at nola311.gov
- 9-1-1 should only be used for life-threatening emergencies
- 3-1-1 should be used for non-life-threatening emergencies and non-emergency service requests
New Orleans Police Department
- The City of New Orleans has enacted a daily curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. until further notice that will be strictly enforced
Department of Public Works
- Claiborne Auto Pound (400 N. Claiborne) – open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Vehicle owners may retrieve vehicles at no cost, however, if towed at later date, prior fines apply.
- Red light cameras across the city are solar-powered and have been reported as flashing. However, any ticket generated since Hurricane Ida hit, until further notice will be voided and no one should receive citations
Department of Sanitation
Place storm-related debris curbside in the following categories:
- Household Garbage: Bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging. (Use City issued trash cart when possible
- Construction Debris: building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, etc.
- Unbagged Vegetative Debris: logs, leaves, tree branches, plants.
- Appliances: Doors must be sealed/secured.
Do not block roadways or place debris near trees, poles, or fire hydrants.
Sanitation contractors will start regularly scheduled Thursday collection routes FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD with approximately 25% of their workforce. Crews will only empty the 95-gallon, city-issued trash carts. Storm debris collection won't begin until the week of September 6th.
Parks and Parkways
- All City Parks remain closed while damage assessments are being completed – in particular Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park / Congo Square, Brechtel Park and Washington Square Park.
- Delta Airlines has limited flights at the airport. All other airline flights are completely cancelled. Currently there is no update on when they will resume. Contact your individual airline for updates on flight statuses.
Additional State and Local Resources
Disaster SNAP (DSNAP)
To pre-register your application if DSNAP is approved for your parish. Visit dcfs.la.gov/preregister for more information.
For Louisiana participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can use your benefits to purchase “hot” or prepared foods through September 28, 2021, following a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
More information about the “hot foods” waiver can be found at http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/snap-hot-foods-waiver.
For state resources, go to https://hurricanerecovery.la.gov/.
For the latest information on Hurricane Ida visit fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account twitter.com/FEMARegion6 and FEMA Region 6 Facebook page www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- FEMA representatives have been deployed to Orleans Parish to support recovery efforts, including at each of the cooling centers daily.
- Residents are encouraged to register online at disasterassistance.gov
- Affected residents can also download the FEMA APP or call 1-800-621-3362 to register
- Homeowners or renters with insurance policies are encouraged to file a claim with individual insurance provider
- If you’re home was damaged by Hurricane Ida, FEMA will now pay for hotels for survivors from these 25 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Those wishing to take advantage of the program must find and book their own hotel rooms. Participating hotels are listed at www.femaevachotels.com
If you have insurance, contact your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance provider to file a claim. If you have not filed a claim with your insurance company or provided a copy of your insurance settlement approval or denial to FEMA, you will likely receive a notification that there is "no decision." This means FEMA may need additional information from you to continue processing your application.
For National Flood Insurance Program questions, send an email to email@example.com or call 877-336-2627.
For FEMA Assistance
For survivors who live in one of the 25 designated Parishes for Individual Assistance: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
FEMA disaster assistance may be available to help pay uninsured or underinsured losses such as home repair for disaster-related damage, rental assistance, reimbursement for lodging expenses for individuals whose home was inaccessible or unhabitable during the disaster, medical expenses incurred from this disaster or other disaster-related needs.
Eligible survivors may be eligible for a one-time payment per household of $500 for immediate or critical lifesaving and life-sustaining items such as water, food, fuel for transportation, or prescriptions.
FEMA may provide one month of expedited rental assistance to eligible applicants who reported their essential utilities are temporarily unavailable and whose primary home is in the one of the following parishes only: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington.
To apply for FEMA assistance, add information or check status, go to disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
Unemployment Insurance (UI Benefits)
Orleans Parish residents who have experienced unemployment due to Hurricane Ida, and are not already receiving benefits, are encouraged to file a claim by visiting https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/vosnet/Default.aspx.
Some workers, particularly gig workers can qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), which is federal unemployment assistance.
The minimum amount is determined by the federal government. It is usually approximately $108 per week. This amount can increase based on wage proof provided by the claimant. The max amount is $247.
- State and federal agencies are coordinating a 100 bed federally supported regional facility for people with critical medical needs at the E. N. Morial Convention Center
- Shelter will be strictly limited to individuals with serious physical medical issues, ventilators, and/or electric life-preserving devices
- Narrow triage criteria will be applied for entry to patients who are extremely vulnerable to heat-related illness that would cause premature death
- Shelter will be staffed by federally provided Disaster Medical Assistance Team
- For state-run shelters, contact Department of Children and Family Services
To receive Ida recovery and response information, or to sign up for the Special Needs Registry, text NOLAREADY to 77295, download the Smart911 app or call 311.
Resources for the Tri-State Area
Crisis Cleanup hotline 1-844-965-1386
For housing, food and other resources contact your closest Catholic Charities' location:
- Catholic Charities of Trenton: 1-800-360-7711
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark: 973-596-4100
- Catholic Charities of Paterson: (973) 737-2077
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of NY: (888) 744-7900
- Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens: (718) 722-6001
- Catholic Charities of Staten Island: (718) 984-1500
Looking for shelter and/or housing assistance? Contact the closest Red Cross near you:
- Red Cross - New York
- American Red Cross - Greater New York: (877) 733-2767
- American Red Cross - Long Island: (516) 747-3500
- American Red Cross - Metro NY North: (203) 869-8444
- Red Cross - New Jersey
- Northern New Jersey: (973) 797-3300
- Phillipsburg: (201) 832-9953
Contact FEMA for housing assistance and individual assistance:
Mental health support lines for free and confidential support during this time:
- NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at 1-844-863-9314
- NJ Mental Health Cares at 1-866-202-HELP (4357)
New Jersey Local Resources
Crisis Cleanup hotline
Montclair Mutual Aid (Montclair)
Princeton Mutual Aid (Princeton/Trenton area)
Newark Water Coalition
Providing potable water to state residents in need
Guide to Cleaning up after a Flood
To Request Assistance
MusiCares provides support for a variety of life crises. Medical, dental, mental health, insurance, substance abuse or eviction concerns are all areas that we support. To apply for other needs, please email to request an application. Please explain your current need with your email.
Health Services Resources
American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA)
ABCA offers a directory of black chiropractors across the country.
For more information, please visit: https://abcachiro.com
The Association of Black Women Physicians
The Association of Black Women Physicians is an organized network of African-American women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare, through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and the community health. They are a nonprofit organization, serving as a philanthropic source of funds to projects committed to improving the health and wellness concerns of traditionally under-served communities and assisting in eliminating health disparities.
For more information, please visit: https://www.blackwomenphysicians.org
Aunt Bertha – a Social Care Network
Aunt Bertha is a social care network where you can find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free/reduced cost programs in your zip code, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please visit: https://www.findhelp.org/
Black Doctor Org (BDO)
BDO is the leading health and wellness destination for people of color. They are a non-profit organization that leverage culture, content and technology to transform people’s lives for the better. BDO shares culturally relevant tips and strategies on health, wellness, lifestyle and longevity.
For more information, please visit: https://blackdoctor.org
Black Doctors USA
Their mission is to create value-based awareness to engage communities with principles for healthier living. They provide healthcare solutions for communities, connecting individuals with black doctors and other health resources.
For more information, please visit: https://blackdoctorsusa.com
“Charity Care is free or discounted medically necessary health care that many hospitals offer to people who otherwise cannot afford to pay for treatment. It includes both inpatient and emergency room services. Even if you have health insurance, you may qualify for charity care to pay the amount of your hospital bill that your insurance doesn't cover. If you don't receive information about charity care from the hospital, visit its website or contact its billing department to get information about any charity care policies and a copy of the appropriate application forms.”
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)
HAAM provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income, working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
For more information, please visit: https://www.myhaam.org/
HOYHEALTH focuses on providing access to bilingual English and Spanish speaking healthcare professionals that include Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists and a variety of other health care related professionals.
For more information, please visit: https://www.hoyhealth.com/about-us/
HRSA-funded Health Centers
Find a local health center that is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States. Health Centers serve as one of the largest systems of primary and preventive care in the country that provides care to millions of patients regardless of ability to pay.
For more information, please visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States.
For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm
Music Health Alliance
Music Health Alliance is a non-profit organization providing the music industry with healthcare advocacy through health insurance, healthcare resources, and confidential guidance.
For more information, please visit: ttps://www.musichealthalliance.com/
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s goal is to close the gaps in three key areas: research, services and policy; scientific discover and benefit for the individual; and, community services and medical practice.
For more information, please visit: https://www.healthyamericas.org/
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Free & Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies across the U.S. provide health care access to medically underserved people in their communities.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nafcclinics.org/find-clinic
National Medical Association (NMA)
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nmanet.org
Human Services Resources
Financial and General Assistance
211: Visit http://211.org/services/covid19 or dial 2-1-1.
MusicCovidRelief.com, a resource brought to you by our partners in the U.S. Music Community helps music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act (Phase III of the Coronavirus Stimulus bill signed into law March 27, 2020).
Aunt Bertha is a free online database that lists thousands of available resources such as food pantries, housing and cash assistance programs within the counties of each state nationwide, as well as in American Samoa and Puerto Rico. Aunt Bertha also hosts a COVID-19 relief page within their website, findhelp.org, which lists specific financial assistance, free and low-cost programs for those affected by the pandemic.
Bank and Credit Card:
Bank of America
City National Bank
Huntington National Bank
Marcus by Goldman Sachs
Find Free or Low-cost/Affordable Legal Services - National Resource https://www.usa.gov/legal-aid
The National Black Lawyers top 100
The National Black Lawyers Top 100 was created to celebrate legal excellence by promoting our attorneys as subject-matter experts, developing a strong national network of top African American attorneys, and facilitating the exchange of timely information to enable our members to maintain their status as leaders.
For more information, please visit: https://nbltop100.org/
African American Attorney Network
They have a national network full of attorneys around the United States.
For more information, please visit: https://aaattorneynetwork.com/
African American Lawyers Network
They manage an online network of African-American lawyers and legal experts from around the world. Their goal is to provide a trustworthy and easy to search database of African-American attorneys.
For more information, please visit: https://www.blacklawyers.com/
Behind the Scenes
Dramatist Guild Foundation
The Haven Foundation for Freelance Artists
SAGE - Advocacy and Services for LGBTQIA Elders
Liveon New York - community organization providing services to older New Yorkers
Food and General Necessities Resources
Why Hunger: The Why Hunger Hotline refers people in the need across the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition program and grass roots organizations, especially those that provide access to nutritious foods and nutritional support services. If you are struggling to make ends meet, you are not alone. Call the WhyHunger Hotline at 1-800-5-HUNGRY, text your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 or visit Find Food to get connected to free, healthy food in your neighborhood and government nutrition services. Nutritious food is a basic human right. This year, WhyHunger will help connect over 1 million people in the U.S. to nutritious food. Learn more at WhyHunger.org.
Musically Fed: Music feeds the soul, Musically Fed feeds the hungry.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP (also known as food stamps) provides low-income families with benefits (on a card similar to an ATM debit card) to be used on food.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): TANF provides low- and very-low-income families with cash assistance to help meet basic needs.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC provides low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five with services, including vouchers that can be redeemed for healthy foods at most major grocers, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other services.
Summer, afterschool, and weekend meal and supplemental food "backpack" programs give low-income children access to nutritious foods when school is not in session. Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by local organizations, including hospitals. Find your nearest site on the USDA website and check out this USDA toolkit on how to sponsor a site.
Home-delivered meals: There are numerous services that offer home-delivered meals to vulnerable populations, such as Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals to food-insecure seniors. Community Servings and Project Angel Heart are nonprofit food and nutrition programs that deliver medically tailored meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illness in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Colorado. Many food delivery efforts focus on seniors since this population often faces mobility issues.
Food banks and pantries: Food Banks partner with local nonprofit organizations to distribute food to families, seniors, and other individuals in need. Feeding America provides helpful information on how hospitals can develop partnerships with food banks or support the work of food pantries.
Artspace - Affordable Housing for Artists
COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard - by The Eviction Lab at Princeton University and Columbia Law School’s Professor Emily Benifer
#HiringNow (LinkedIn): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/heres-whos-hiring-right-now-andrew-seaman/
Coca Cola: https://www.coca-colacompany.com/careers
NOTE: Individuals are advised to keep documentation of ALL lost work and potential earnings as there may be future government programs offering income and/or tax relief due to loss of employment or business.
For further information on general relief and unemployment benefits in your area use the search tools available in the Financial and General Assistance resource section above.
Association of African American Financial Advisors (AAAA)
AAAA is a non-profit membership organization for African American financial advisors and affiliated professionals. We work in alliance with academic leaders at HBCUs that support financial planning degree programs, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and consumer interest organizations. For more information, please visit: https://www.aaafainc.com.
National Endowment for Financial Education
Through education and advocacy, nonprofit Consumer Action fights for strong consumer rights and policies that promote fairness and financial prosperity for underrepresented consumers nationwide.
Savvy Ladies - Empowering Women Through Financial Knowledge
Filing IRS Taxes
Chicago - Ladder Up
New York - IRS resources for filing
Financial Aid List for Pet Care/Emergency
US Black Chambers INC. (USBC)
The U.S Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations and their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.For more information, please visit: https://usblackchambers.org or https://blackdirectory.com.
Support Black Owned (SBO)
Support Black Owned (SBO) is a free Black and African American owned business directory filled with thousands of 100% Black, Moorish, and African American owned businesses, spread all over the world. Their directory also includes community services and providers of various medical professionals. For more information, please visit: https://www.supportblackowned.com.
Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Resources
General Mental Health Resources
Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
The NAMI Helpline:
Postpartum Support Intl:
National Hopeline Network:
Veterans Crisis Line:
Disaster Distress Helpline:
Mental Health America
Text MHA to 741741
National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC)
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Black Mental Health Resources
Black Girls Breathing
Black Mental Wellness:
Black Mental Health Alliance:
Black Men Heal:
Therapy for Black Girls
Assoc. of Black Psychologists:
The Loveland Foundation
Black Female Therapists:
Latinx Mental Health Resources
Ntl. Alliance for Hispanic Health
Indigenous Mental Health Resources
Indian Health Services
One Sky Center
We R Native
AAPI Mental Health Resources
Asian Mental Health Collective
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance:
Asian Mental Health Project:
South Asian Mental Health:
South Asian Therapists:
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources
The Trevor Project
Text START to 678678
The National Center for Transgender Equality
LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory
The Q Card
LGBTQ National Help Center
SAGE LGBTQ Elder Hotline
It Gets Better Project
Substance Use Disorder Resources
Eating Disorders Resources
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
National Eating Disorders Association