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Mobile Unit to Offer Workforce, DSS Services in Lafitte

BATON ROUGE (May 13, 2010) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission and Department of Social Services will open a mobile unit on Friday in Lafitte, offering services for individuals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The mobile unit, located at 2654 Jean Lafitte Blvd., will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A range of services will be offered at the mobile unit, including assistance with applying for potential jobs that may become available due to the oil spill as well as being able to apply for social services such as the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

On Wednesday, 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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