Sheriff Tim Soignet will enforce a curfew for all areas south of the Morganza to the Gulf levee system effective 6PMon Tuesday, October 27, 2020 until further notice.
The Houma Municipal Auditorium, located at 800 Verrett Street in Houma, will be available as an evacuation shelter beginning 10AM on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 for those residents who have evacuated from low-lying areas of the parish. Evacuees should bring sufficient food, water, bedding, baby formula, and other necessary personal items to last 3 days. If transportation is needed to the shelter, please call (985) 873-6357 to arrange pick-up after 10AM on Wednesday. Household pets brought to the Houma Municipal Auditorium will be registered with the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter and kept there until reunited with owners.
Many members of this community may live on property that has been passed down to them by a family member but have not completed the necessary legal steps to secure actual ownership of that property. Lawyers in the community are here to aid with that process and it's all free.
To date, Louisiana Appleseed's clearing title programs have helped more than 850 community members in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas save their family homes, which created an economic benefit to the community of over $15 million. Those efforts are now expanding to assist the residents of Lafourche and Terrebonne before the next major hurricane, oil spill, or another type of disaster occurs.
Louisiana’s coastal regions are being prioritized, including communities in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. During this time, residents may seek to elevate homes, make structural and non-structural changes, or to relocate their families. If residents cannot prove ownership of their home, they may not qualify for assistance programs, rebuilding funds, loans, or insurance benefits. Rather than facing barriers to financial recovery after the next disaster strikes, residents should take steps now to protect their property and build family wealth and assets.
For help, please call the Louisiana Civil Justice Center at 1-800-256-1660 or Louisiana Appleseed's Houma partner, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, at 985 851-5687 to learn how you can get clear legal title to your property. Or visit https://louisianaappleseed.org/. A flier and background information on the process is attached.
Fliers and booklets available I the Planning Department (4th floor Government Tower) and the Recovery Assistance and Mitigation Planning Division (Second Floor)