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Family Assistance Center to Aid Gulf Coast Residents

Wednesday September 7, 2005

Abramson: Louisville to help ‘rebuild lives’

Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that displaced Gulf Coast residents in Louisville will have access to a spectrum of government and community services at a Family Assistance Center to open tomorrow at Louisville Gardens, 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

“Many of these displaced citizens are coming to our hometown with few belongings and with little knowledge or understanding of our community,” Abramson said. “Our Family Assistance Center will bring together in one location the basic services that can begin to rebuild their lives.”
Louisville Metro Government and the American Red Cross are coordinating the center, which will open beginning Thursday, September 8. The center will be open and staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., until the need subsides.

Displaced Gulf Coast residents who visit the center will have access to the following local, state and federal services:
· Housing assistance
· Health / mental health
· Employment assistance
· Driver’s licensing
· U.S. Post Office (forwarding or re-establishing mail delivery)
· Social Security
· Transportation
· State Government assistance - food stamps, WIC, medical cards, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-TANF
· Library (including Internet access at library branches)
· Schools
· Inter-Faith resources
· Red Cross registration

To date, the Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has worked with more than 1,000 displaced Gulf Coast residents who came to Louisville on their own. The city expects an additional 500 or more people to be airlifted as part of a formal evacuation, but federal officials have provided no further indication of when those people are to arrive.
The mayor reiterated that for Gulf Coast residents to receive the most assistance possible, it is important for them to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and with the American Red Cross.

· To register with the Red Cross: displaced residents may register at the Family Assistance Center.

· To register with FEMA: displaced residents may register with FEMA by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362), or TTY (800) 462-7585 (speech & hearing impaired), or visiting the FEMA website.

FEMA is issuing identification numbers that will be required for many of the federally assisted programs such as rental assistance, Medicare/Medicaid, prescription assistance and low-interest