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Crisis Grants Awarded

United Way of Acadiana awards $179,100 in Crisis Response Grants

Lafayette — United Way of Acadiana awarded the first round of Crisis Response Grants at 3 p.m., Sept. 1, at the Acadiana VOAD meeting at the LEDA Building, located at 211 Devalcourt, Lafayette.

People and organizations have donated more than $250,000 to the United Way of Acadiana’s Greater Acadiana United Way Disaster Fund. In an effort to make the biggest difference for the most people, United Way of Acadiana created the Crisis Response Grant process. The initial grants are being awarded to organizations already involved in the disaster response.

"So many organizations and churches have done great work in the weeks since the flood. We have carefully reviewed all applications and regret that we don’t have money to fund them all,” said Margaret Trahan, United Way of Acadiana President and CEO. "We based our selection on the organization’s ability to meet an immediate need, the capacity of the organization to carry out the task and an effort to reach those in need in all four parishes of our service region. We are grateful to our granting partners for the work they’re already doing.”

The United Way of Acadiana opened the grant process last week. Grant applications were due by 5 p.m. Aug. 30. All funds of the grants must go directly to assisting people whose homes were flooded.

"People have been generous in donating to help those in need. However, the need is overwhelming. FEMA is estimating the unmet recovery costs to top $10 million,” said Trahan.

"Our goal is to make the biggest difference possible with the limited funds we have. We have worked hard to ensure that 100 percent of the funds we are awarding today will go directly to assist those in need due to flooding — none of these funds will be used for personnel or general administrative costs.”

Trahan said her organization is already looking at emergency grants to fill some of the gaps.

"We realize as time passes that people’s needs will change,” Trahan said. "We are using the remaining $70,000 cash on hand to launch the long-term recovery process.”

For more information, contact Jason Huffman, United Way of Acadiana VP of Organizational and Impact Strategies, at 706-1202 or Margaret Trahan, United Way of Acadiana President and CEO at 337-706-1232.

As the area’s leading community solutions provider, United Way invests in and activates the resources to make the greatest possible impact in our community. United Way of Acadiana is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. United Ways bring people together to focus on the most important needs in the community – building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference. For more information about United Way of Acadiana, visit


LPSS Student Services — $15,000: Fund will be used to purchase uniforms, backpacks, school supplies, etc.

St. Martin Council on Aging — $5,000; Funds will be used for the purchase of necessary appliances, cleaning supplies, food/water, medicines, hygiene items, clothing, etc.

Imani Temple #49 of the African-American Catholic Congregation — $5,000; Funds will be used for transportation, emergency shelter and medication.

St. Barnabas — $10,000; Funds will be used to purchase gift cards for sheet rock, cabinets, flooring, or small appliances as needed.

Acadiana Outreach Center — $8,000: Funds will be used for deductibles, medication, replace document fees and rental utility deposits.

Rebuilding Together Acadiana & Lafayette Habitat for Humanity — $2,600: Funds will be used to assist with the muck and gut process.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana — $32,000; Funds will be used to purchase family food boxes to deliver to affected families at $5/day per family over 20 days.

Spirit of Faith Church — $7,000: Funds will be used to assist with temporary housing and clean up efforts along with mold remediation.

Progressive Community Outreach Center Inc. — $5,000; Funds will be used to purchase food for meals to be provided.

SMILE — $42,000: Funds will be used to provide emergency assistance, including rent, mortgage, utility assistance, transportation, food and supplies.

FoodNet — $12,000: Funds will be used to purchase food to fill food bags. American Red Cross — $10,000: Funds will be used to purchase cleanup kits.

ASSIST Agency — $25,000: Funding will be used to provide vouchers to purchase beds and mattresses, with a $500 limit per household.