Resources for Residents
Between the hurricanes and Winter Storm Uri, rebuilding for residence has seemed like an insurmountable task in many situations. But there is hope and our community has stuck together and helped each other. Below are some tools and resources from various government entities and non-profits.
City of Lake Charles
#SpringCleanLC – You are invited to participate!
Much wreckage left behind by Hurricanes Laura and Delta has been picked up from ditches and roadways, but unsightly trash still litters the city. Take pride in Lake Charles by hosting a volunteer litter pickup event during March.
The City of Lake Charles is coordinating a series of litter pickups and is inviting all civic and church groups, neighborhood associations, school organizations, businesses, and families to commit to picking up litter on any day in March 2021.
Groups are encouraged to share the story of their clean-up efforts on social media using the hashtag #SpringCleanLC. Trash bags, gloves, and safety vests will be provided while supplies last. For more information or to register your group, please call 337-491-9147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and specify your desired pickup date and location.
The City of Lake Charles actively keeps the community informed on daily improvements or challenges facing the city including new initiatives such as #SpringCleanLC. The best sources for the latest information are these Facebook pages: Lake Charles City Hall and Nic Hunter Lake Charles Mayor.
Arts & Culture:
In addition, the city provides a wide array of arts and cultural opportunities. To learn more about the reopening process of 1911 City Hall Arts & Cultural Center and the myriad of galleries housed within the historic structure as well as upcoming events, follow along on the Facebook page Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center.
For residents looking for services, click here for the mayor’s action line, online bill payment, permit center, garbage & recycling, water & sewer, the transit system, community development services and recreation.
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Stay informed about the latest news from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury by visiting the newsroom, covering a variety of topics from debris removal to CPPJ meetings, grants, emergency assistance and more.
Click here for information on solid waste drop-off sites. Please note that the sites are not accepting storm-related debris until further notice. Or, learn more about litter disposal and residential solid waste convenience centers.
United Way SWLA
Whether someone is a victim of a disaster or other type of personal crisis, the existence of supportive services helps people’s basic needs to be met. Through United Way of Southwest Louisiana partnerships and initiatives, these services provide a crucial safety net for vulnerable populations to quickly access help and receive the support they need to have a better quality of life, both now and in the future. Learn more.
The work that United Way performs provides overarching support to residents in a variety of ways.
- Economic mobility
- Grocery distribution
- FEMA Emergency Management
- Literacy kits
- And more
Click HERE to learn about programs.
City of Sulphur
- Feb 28 - Cameron Parish has removed a total of 1,102,686 cubic yards to date and will continue to collect debris through February 28th.
- March 1 - The Cameron Parish Police Jury is administering Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds to qualifying residents to aid in elevation or reconstruction efforts. We encourage residents interested to visit our website www.cameronpj.org for application details. The application period closes March 1, 2021.
- March 6 - Audubon will be hosting an SWLA Coastal Cleanup at Rutherford Beach on Saturday, March 6, 8-11 am. We anticipate cleaning and restoring 300 acres over 6 miles of beach. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at https://act.audubon.org/a/swla-coastal-cleanup
- March 15 - The Cameron Parish Police Jury and the Cameron Lion’s Club announce their partnership in creating a Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRC). The LTRC will streamline donated resources and coordinate volunteer efforts. LTCR will also provide forgivable loans directly to business owners and residents to aid in recovery efforts. The application period will open on March 15, 2021.
Visit Lake Charles
The staff at Visit Lake Charles is constantly updating information on where to eat, shop, and stay. Also, check out the calendar of events or local outdoor adventures to be had in Southwest Louisiana.
Community Foundation SWLA
The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana put together an interesting housing study in conjunction with McKinsey & Company. From this study they will work on producing a recovery plan that should greatly benefit the area.