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Open application days begin for Phase 1 of DSNAP benefits

SNAP benefits
Posted at 10:37 AM, Sep 15, 2020

Open application days for DSNAP benefits began Tuesday morning for Phase 1 parishes affected by Hurricane Laura and approved for assistance. Hours have also been extended.

The Department of Children and Family Services says that Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 16, will be open application days for anyone in a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) Phase 1 parish, regardless of last name.

Phase 1 parishes are Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Rapides, Vermilion and Vernon.

All residents in those parishes who were affected by Hurricane Laura and have not yet applied for DSNAP are encouraged to apply by calling the DCFS LAHelpU Customer Service Center at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).

The call center will extend its hours on Tuesday and Wednesday to 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to provide additional time for affected residents to apply.

DCFS says that as a reminder, registration will help speed the application process, but it is not a substitute for applying. Residents must call and be interviewed for their eligibility determination.

As of the end of the day Monday, Day 5 of DSNAP, the state reports they had taken 21,621 applications.

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