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Resources for Employees

Information presented below is subject to change as rules are developed and finalized.

Acadiana Opportunity

LEDA, One Acadiana, Acadiana Workforce Solutions, and other partners relaunched, a web portal that helps connect individuals seeking training or employment with resources. The portal includes an in-take form for workers who have lost their job due to COVID-19 to connect with a representative of Acadiana Workforce Solutions, who will determine their eligibility for grant funding that could help cover the cost of enrolling in training or certification classes. Youth, ages 16-24, can also apply for other grant funding intended to support paid work experience. Additionally, the portal lists relevant course offerings at SLCC, LSU Eunice, and UL Lafayette, as well as job assistance resources available through Acadiana Workforce Solutions, LEDA, and Louisiana Job Connection.

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

LEDA Virtual Job Fair

LEDA has hosted the LEDA Virtual Job Fair since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Job seekers can search local job postings by category.

COVID-19 Help Wanted

These businesses are hiring additional workers to meet customer demand during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Economic Impact Payments

Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments authorized by the CARES Act. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to calculate and automatically send the Payments to most eligible individuals, however some may have to provide additional information to the IRS to get their Payments. November 21 at 3 p.m. ET is the deadline to request your Economic Impact Payment.

Online Resources available through Lafayette Public Library (Online Databases )
  • free 24/7 with live tutors to help prepare a resume or cover letter, proof either, and prepare for interview questions
  • brush up on software skills or learn new ones with online course
  • Learning Express: entrance exam preparation including HiSET, GRE and MCAT
Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Individuals impacted by COVID-19 may apply for assistance. DCFS will implement new provisions as outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes additional food assistance for some families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Louisiana Wallet

LA Wallet, the state of Louisiana's official digital driver's license, will be made available to residents free of charge (as of 3/18/20). The all-digital identification and driver's license app will suspend its fee in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital license is valid for the life of the user’s license issuance. Once a user’s physical license expires, they must renew their license with the OMV and purchase a new digital license through LA Wallet.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) and the Federal Home Loan Banks are taking steps to help people who have been impacted by the Coronavirus.  If your ability to pay your mortgage is impacted, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making your monthly mortgage payments for a temporary period.

Halt in Residential Evictions

The CDC announced the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020. In accordance with 42 U.S.C. 264(e), this Order does not preclude State, local, territorial, and tribal authorities from imposing additional requirements that provide greater public-health protection and are more restrictive than the requirements in this Order.


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