No one should be worried about losing their home during an epidemic. During this time of crisis, we are working hard to make sure Habitat homebuyers and partner families have access to resources and information. Knowing that many families and individuals will be facing unemployment for an extended period or needing their income for healthcare or emergencies, New Orleans Habitat is offering a 90-day deferral on mortgages for New Orleans Habitat homebuyers during this time of crisis. Click the button below to fill out our mortgage deferral form:
If you have questions, please call our Family Services Department at 504-233-8681, or email email@example.com.
Click here for a constantly updating document from our Family Services Department with other resources.
Text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to get updates from the city on COVID-19 and visit the NOLA Ready site for more information and resources directly from the city.
From healthcare concerns to unemployment insurance. If you have or know of resources to add to this list, email us here.
- Updates from Ochsner on COVID-19: information on Ochsner facilities and access and other coronavirus information.
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself: Wash your hands. Sanitize and disinfect. Stay at home if at all possible.
- CDC: If You Think You Are Sick: For more information on what you can do if you think you might have coronavirus.
- Updates on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization: Rolling updates on coronavirus news.
- Is It Flu or Coronavirus?: information from Ochsner.
- How Social Distancing Helps: information from Ochsner.
- Mental Health Resources from NOLA Ready.
- Online 12-Step Resources.
Income and Other Resources
- Go to habitatdeferral.org for your mortgage deferral! Click here to read the letter from our Executive Director about the program.
- The tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15.
- Small Grants for Hospitality Workers: from United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
- Unemployment Support from the Louisiana Workforce Commission: for those who have lost work, had reduced hours or reduced pay, or otherwise have had your jobs affected by COVID-19, you can use this form to apply for unemployment support. Click here for the Workforce Commission website.
- New Orleans Business Alliance Gig Worker Relief Fund: for our musicians, rideshare drivers, and other gig workers, this fund may be able to provide small grants for temporary financial relief.
- Resources for food and nutrition in New Orleans from NOLA Ready.
- Information about utilities in New Orleans from NOLA Ready.
- A community poll from the Central City Renaissance Alliance.
- Community resources from Dirty Coast.
- How to Identify a Census Taker: to avoid those who might be taking advantage during this time of heightened stress.
For Families With Children
- Schools in the New Orleans area offering lunches for children: free lunch programs for school children in the New Orleans area during coronavirus.
- Nutrition programs for families from NOLA Public Schools.
- Check out NORDC’s website for a list of summer offerings and preregistration online.
- Scholastic’s daily reading resources for kids learning from home.
- Tutors from Homework Louisiana every day, from 2 pm to midnight.
- Free subscriptions from education companies for those learning from home.
- Proposed daily schedule for parents with kids learning from home from Khan Academy.
- Resources from PBS: daily tips, 24/7 streaming site, and a parents’ page.
- Good Housekeeping’s list of DIY projects for kids.
- Recipes you can cook with your kids.
- A list of science experiments you can do at home with kids.
For Fun or Entertainment During Quarantine
- Georgia Aquarium Live Cam: a little light entertainment for those in quarantine.
- A Daily Activities Schedule for Kids: for those trying to figure out what to while your kids are home from school.
- Things Teenagers Can Do in Isolation: activities for your teenagers during quarantine.
- NPR: Virtual Concerts for Isolation: online live performances.
- Write mom a haiku for Mother’s Day (for kids).
- Have you ever wanted to say you’ve taken an Ivy League course? All eight of the schools making up the prestigious Ivy League – Harvard, Yale, Princeton , Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth and Columbia — offer online classes to the public for free. You can also check out Coursera.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has several courses on its website designed to help beginners and established business owners. The topics include an overview of the legal requirements for small businesses and a section for young entrepreneurs.
- Would you like to brush up on your art skills? Check out the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. (CDT) weekdays. Artist Mo Willems is offering live “lunch doodle” classes.
Enjoy a 10-minute Bounce ‘n Line instructional video from Nola’s own Dancing Grounds.
Missing concerts amid coronavirus? Check out these big-name artists sharing live music for free online.
Friend of Habitat Big Freedia Friday night free concert series kicks off tonight at 8pm on Facebook & Instagram!
Catch a digital drag show with some of the world’s most renown queens.
Culturalyst founder Sam Bowler recognized how detrimental the shutdown of music venues would be to artists, so he quickly got to work to create a new platform on Culturalyst to livestream artists’ performances and to tip them, creating a way for these artists to continue to make a living. Catch some great shows from your couch here.
- The Met, like many live performance venues, canceled upcoming shows because of the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier this week it began streaming for free encore presentations of its Live in HD series.
Get creative by joining in the fun at the Quarantine Art Club.
Whether it’s already a staple in your routine or you’ve been a long-time hater, now is the good time to invest in finding your inner zen. Tips on how to meditate: here.
- Stage a puppet show or create a treasure hunt for kids.