Celebrating 244 Years of Independence

As the nation celebrates this Independence Day, it’s a good time to reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined in our Constitution the importance of statistics as a vital tool for measuring people, places, and economy. Every 10 years, the United States counts its population. It’s a requirement, written into the Constitution. And the first count dates back to the first years of our first president, when U.S. Marshals conducted the census on horseback.It’s carried on once a decade since then, as the country has continued to grow, as innovators have found new ways to ensure that everyone is counted.

This year, make sure you make history by participating in the 2020 count.

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On the CalendarStats for Stories and Facts for Features provide links to timely newsworthy statistics that relate to observances, holidays, anniversaries, and current events.

Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act: July 26, 2020

Tax Day: July 15, 2020 (usually April 15)

Bastille Day: July 14, 2020

World Population Day: July 11, 2020

Wyoming 130th Anniversary of Statehood (1890): July 10, 2020

Idaho 130th Anniversary of Statehood (1890): July 3, 2020

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1-November 30

Summer 2020: June 20-September 22

See a list of upcoming data releases and key dates on the calendar.

Facts for Features: Fourth of JulyOn July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. 2.5 Million.

The estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776. 56 The number of signers of the Declaration of Independence. More Facts Fun Facts for Teachers and StudentsInteract with students using this fun facts worksheet that shares real-life data related to the holiday. Then view the teaching guide for ideas on how this fun facts can be used as an activity. 

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New & Notable:
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Who Conducted the First Census in 1790?

Census Slogans Over the Decades

2020 Census Is Critical for Your Community

How Many Voted in Your Congressional District in 2018?

America: A Nation of Small Towns

Who Are the Nation’s Veterans?

Recent Releases:
New Census COVID-19 Hub Helps Guide Pandemic Recovery

2020 Census Begins In-Person Count of People Living in Group Quarters

Census Takers to Start Follow Up With Nonresponding Households

Census Bureau Resumes In-Person Interviews for Ongoing Surveys

How Are Americans Using Their Stimulus Payments?

Those Who Served: America’s Veterans From WWII to the War on Terror

Working-Age Population Not Keeping Pace With Growth in Older Americans 

Get Census Academy Data Training Our team of data specialists can assist in bringing the world of data right to you – your home, classroom, or boardroom – data about your community.

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Resources/Calls for Help

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Power Coalition

  • As we think about fair elections and redistricting, the first step to political representation is completing the Census. The 2020 Census completion date has been extended to October 31, 2020. That means more time to get folks engaged and counted!  The Power Coalition is working to expand our volunteer program for the Census and the upcoming elections, and we are calling for all new and previous volunteers to sign up by completing the form here:
  • We understand the difficulty in reaching folks during this time due to COVID-19 and many other events that have taken place within the past few months. As a people-centered organization, it is our focus to always educate and keep people first and that begins with ensuring that all communities receive the proper resources to thrive by completing the Census. 
  • Additionally, the July 11 elections are right around the corner and we would still like to engage folks around voting rights and poll monitoring. Due to COVID-19 our Election Protection will look a little different, but if you are interested please indicate in the form above. 
  • Once you complete the form, we will follow-up with you and host a virtual training day via zoom with our Data Director to discuss best practices for phone banking and Hustling, incentive-based competitions, and more! All volunteer opportunities can be done in the comfort of your home.  


Main Street Recovery Program

  • Act 311 set aside $300 million for a small business grant program. Businesses can apply for up to $15,000 to cover eligible expenses. We are in the process of setting up an application system. More info:

United Way of South East Louisiana

  • Applications are still open for qualified individuals seeking assistance for their Entergy New Orleans utility bills. The United for Grocery Workers Relief Fund will support struggling grocery store employees throughout Orleans Parish by providing a one-time $150 direct credit toward workers’ bills. Learn more here.


NOLA Ready

  • New meal program! Call 311 to apply if a senior, homeless, COVID+, under 18, or have medical needs & don’t have SNAP.


  • NOCHI recently released HOSP (for Hospitality Operators, Staff & Patrons), a multi-faceted foodservice operations training (all online) geared toward a safe and economically viable reopening across the industry. The training provides teams with clear, comprehensive best practices for re-opening and operating in today’s new reality, eliminating the guesswork for anyone working in hospitality and helping to promote confidence and well-being among foodservice personnel as well as their guests.
  • Our partners are HEARD Cooperative and BRACE for COVID-19. We offer flexible pricing for restaurants and individuals, and just as guidelines and information are constantly changing, so too will our training modules—we are actually currently at work on the first update.

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Interim Executive Director & ReFresh Director | Broad Community Connections

Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen – July 2020 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Constituents,

I pray that all of you and your families remain safe and well as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 together. My staff and I are still working around the clock to identify the needs of our community around District E, and help support in any way possible. 

See below for additional updates and information, and continue to follow along with us, as the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, by engaging on Facebook,TwitterInstagram, and signing up for my monthly newsletter here

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Sincerely, Cyndi NguyenCouncilwoman, District E“Where Family Comes First!”

When you are out in public, please wear a face mask to protect yourself and the rest of our community.
Please refer to our weekly Press Release for Food and Meals Distribution Schedule.

Join Councilwoman Nguyen for a special Facebook Live every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday this month, beginning at 7 PM. For additional information, please call 504-658-1050.
Tune in on her Facebook page here!

Free SneauxBalls on Friday, July 3! Due to COVID-19, SneauxBall Fest 2020 has been canceled. Instead, Councilwoman Nguyen and Mr. Walter Lewis of WhiteStar Commercial will be hosting a Free SneauxBall Give-A-Way in a safe and socially distanced way on Friday, July 3 in District E. 
Come out and enjoy some of the best sno-ball vendors of the 2019 fest! See flier for location information.

Regular Council meetings will take place virtually on the following Thursdays this month:
Thursday, July 2, at 10 AMThursday, July 16, at 10 AM
The meetings may be accessed using the following methods:Watch the live stream of the meeting hereLive Television Broadcast: Cox Cable Channel 6 in Orleans Parish

Join Councilwoman Nguyen and her staff as they host a virtual summer camp experience for children in the city. This camp will take place via Zoom at 
See flier for additional details. 

#WeCare has resumed bi-weekly cleanups on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9AM -NOON to help beautify the community and show pride for our neighborhoods.
Follow the HONOR (Helping Our Neighbor is Our Responsibility) Foundation on Facebook and Instagram @honorfdnnola for updates on additional cleanup initiatives and starting locations. July Cleanup #1WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 9 AM – 12 PMWHERE: TBD
July Cleanup #2WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 9 AM – 12 PMWHERE: TBD

Coffee & Conversation with Councilwoman Nguyen will be held virtually again this month on July 18 from 12 to 1:30 PM. Join us for a conversation with special guest Captain Frank Young of NOPD’s 5th District.
See below for meeting information:
Join Online: by Phone: 1-312-626-6799Code: 967-7460-5217

Starting July 6, Sankofa’s weekly COVID-19 food pantry will be open Monday – Wednesday from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Sankofa offers heart healthy fresh groceries at the Sankofa Community Center and SNAP enrollment or renewal assistance, in partnership with Second Harvest food bank. Enrollment and renewal assistance is available. Please bring photo ID, proof of address and proof of income.
For additional information, click here.

Our team is working harder than ever to provide updates, information and support to our friends and neighbors around District E during this difficult time. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions on how we can better assist you.
We’re all in this together!

Councilwoman Nguyen is committed to providing District E residents with updates and information throughout this crisis on her various social media channels.

Please subscribe to her YouTube page here to continue to follow along and stay informed!

The Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Association exists to promote cohesion, awareness and advocacy in the L9.

Tune in for the next Virtual L9NA Community Meeting on July 7, from 5:30 – 7 PM. Click here to join online or call in:1 312 626 6799Meeting ID: 886 0072 9996Password: 849060

Please e-mail all zoom questions to by 1 PM on July 7.

For additional updates and community announcements, follow them on facebook at

Want to check out the status of current and future construction projects throughout the district? Click here.

Councilwoman Nguyen is proud of the following legislative accomplishments in District E:

Ordinance Calendar Number 32,976 – Prior to COVID-19, wearing a mask in the City of New Orleans was an illegal offense. This ordinance was approved and made it legal to wear masks or facial coverings to prevent the spread of respiratory illness. Your mask protects me and mine protects you, so #MaskUpNola to protect our people, the greatest asset of our city. 

Motion M-20-170 (Streets Renaming Commission) – The City of New Orleans has a rich cultural history, and that should be reflected in the streets we travel on, the parks our children visit, and the places we honor. I have appointed Galetha Baham to the Streets Renaming Commission to represent District E, and I am committed to hosting community meetings in the district to get input on this process moving forward.  

Motion M-20-171 (Lower Ninth Ward Interim Zoning District) – This motion was passed to begin a City Planning Commission study which will consider amending off-street parking regulations to only require one off-street vehicle parking space for two-family dwellings of a certain width. The regulation is currently preventing the building and redevelopment of more than 60 lots, and this change will also assist in the redevelopment of hundreds of others. 

Motion M-20-173 (Campgrounds) – Lake Catherine and Venetian Isles are full of natural beauty that make for a nice weekend away from the city. However, campgrounds are not currently a permitted use in the area. This motion began a study that will consider allowing campgrounds with recreational vehicle parking and update campground use standards in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. 

Resolution R-20-175 (Police Monitor) – Transparency has been a cornerstone of my office for the past two years, and knocking down barriers between the public and information about their government is key to positive change in our city. This resolution is to urge the creation of a public-facing database that tracks any police misconduct and resulting disciplinary actions. 


Note: If you have specific questions about any of these projects or future hearing dates, please email or call Victoria at or (504) 248-9745. 


817-819 Lizardi (L9)– This building was previously used as a three-family residence, but had been sitting vacant for more than 6 months and lost its non-conforming use status. The conditional was approved which will return the building into commerce as a three-family residence.  

11621 Old Gentilly Road (NOE) – This location is a vacant lot on Old Gentilly Road, and Benton Tree Service will be converting it to a contractor storage yard for the storage of mulch and trees. This will allow Benton Tree Service to move their operations from Lakeview to New Orleans East. 

6400 Hayne Boulevard (NOE) – This development of a Life Center for Wounded Warriors, an assisted living facility for veterans will be a great addition to the New Orleans East community. This is a retrofit on a building that has been blighted and abandoned since Hurricane Katrina. There will be 44 units with 74 rooms, and common spaces and a courtyard for the veterans to enjoy. 

7941 Devine Avenue (NOE) – This development is a conditional use allowing an established two-family dwelling that lost its legally non-conforming status. This will bring the property back into commerce. 

8460 Morrison Avenue (NOE) – This will be an educational facility (cosmetology school) located near the corner of Morrison and Crowder. This will be the first cosmetology school in New Orleans East since Hurricane Katrina.

6022 N Derbigny (L9) – This is a planned development in the Lower Ninth Ward that is a retrofit of an abandoned building that will create 15 unit

Councilmember Moreno Announces Official Launch of $22M City Council Cares (CCC) Entergy Bill Assistance Program

July 1, 2020 
Councilmember Moreno Announces Official Launch of $22M City Council Cares (CCC) Entergy Bill Assistance Program
Councilmember-At-Large Helena Moreno NEW ORLEANS – Today, Utilities Chair Helena Moreno announced the formal launch of the “City Council Cares” bill assistance program, which provides up to $100 a month of Entergy bill assistance for New Orleanians that have faced job or wage losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill credits last for four months and not only come at no cost to other ratepayers, serve to offset future costs that would have been passed on to all due to the economic downturn. Those offset costs, therefore, save all ratepayers money over time.

“I’m proud to announce the launch of this innovative, one-of-a-kind assistance program for New Orleanians focused on providing direct cash assistance to those most economically impacted by the pandemic,” said Councilmember Moreno. “The economic toll of the pandemic continues to build, so we knew we needed to match the great need with a significant relief package to help our people get through these tough times. Thanks to collaborative work with ENO, our team of legal and technical advisors, and citizen advocates, we built something unique and impactful for all ratepayers.”

The website for The City Council Cares (CCC) Program is scheduled to go live today, July 1, 2020.

Entergy New Orleans residential customers who have an active Entergy New Orleans electric or electric/gas combination account can visit CCC to 69516, call (504) 493-7004, or visit one of our two New Orleans walk-in customer care centers to apply for the Program. 

Entergy New Orleans will alert customers to the availability of the Program through the following measures: Bill insert for all residential Entergy New Orleans customers who receive a paper bill. A bill message also will be added for those who receive bills electronically. Social media posts on Entergy New Orleans’ Facebook and Twitter pages. You are encouraged to share our social posts with your constituents as well. A link to register for the CCC Program will be added to the Entergy New Orleans COVID-19 residential resources page:

Flyers will be available at Entergy New Orleans’ two customer care centers.Engagement with our non-profit partners such as The United Way, Second Harvest Food Bank, Catholic Charities and TCA to share application information.

To access self-service options for the customer assistance plans, users can visit, use Entergy’s mobile app, call 1-800-Entergy, or visit one of our New Orleans walk-in customer care centers.

The program is focused on those who have filed for unemployment assistance since March, including hospitality, “gig,” and 1099 workers. To apply, text CCC to 69516 or go to

 Media Contact:Andrew TuozzoloChief of StaffOffice of Councilmember-at-Large Helena (504) 281-9882
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The City Council is comprised of five districts and two Councilmembers-at-Large. Council President and Councilmember-at-Large Jason Roger Williams; Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large Helena Moreno; District “A” Councilmember Joseph I. Giarrusso; District “B” Councilmember Jay H. Banks; District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; District “D” Councilmember Jared C. Brossett; and District “E” Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen.
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COVID19 Meal Assistance Program launching in July – spread the word!

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COVID-19 Assistance
July 2020
Dear New Orleans, 

The City of New Orleans has created a new COVID-19 meal assistance program, funded by FEMA, to help people who are not receiving other federal food assistance. The program begins in early July, and offers two meals a day (lunch and dinner) to eligible Orleans Parish residents. Homebound residents who qualify will receive meal deliveries. Pick-up locations will also be available. The program will run for 30 days. To sign up, New Orleans residents should call 3-1-1 or 504-658-2299. 

Callers will be asked several simple questions to determine eligibility.  No documentation or ID is required is the registration process. Eligible residents include people in the following categories who are not currently receiving another form of federal food assistance*:

Seniors (65 years and above)Adults with high-risk health conditions & special medical needsIndividuals who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed and require isolation or quarantineHomeless residentsChildren under 18 years old*Per FEMA rules, federal food assistance programs that will disqualify residents include SNAP, Meals on Wheels, NOLA Public School Meal Program, and State-sponsored homeless hotel services that are providing federally funded meal services. 

For those who are not eligible for this new program, please call 211 for more information on ongoing food pantries and other meal assistance programs. See below for a graphic with more information. Please share this information with members of your community who may be eligible individuals. If you are in need of meal assistance and qualify for this program, please register as soon as possible to get the full benefit of the program.

Stay safe & healthy!  – The Team at NOLA Ready
Helping you stay #ReadyYearRound

COVID-19 testing – please help us spread the word

Free testing sites with regular weekly schedules beginning next week (see attached flyer).

Also, if you would like to receive regular emails about community resources and events like this, feel free to email to ask to join the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON) listserv, if you aren’t on it already!


Elizabeth Bobo

Bilingual Program Manager, Adjunct Professor of Spanish,

The Skin You’re In: Community Partnerships Lead

Brinton Family Health and Healing Center

Tulane University School of Medicine

Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center

711 North Broad St

New Orleans, LA 70119

(o) 504.988.9354

Program de Asistencia Alimentaria COVID19 (Spanish translation)

La ciudad de Nueva Orleans ha creado un nuevo programa de asistencia alimentaria, financiado por FEMA, para ayudar a las personas que no reciben otra asistencia alimenticia federal. El programa comienza en julio, y ofrece dos comidas diarias (almuerzo y cena) a los habitantes elegibles de la parroquia de Orleans.

Para registrarte, los residentes de Nueva Orleans deben llamar al 3-1-1.

Los habitantes elegibles incluyen a las personas en las siguientes categorías que actualmente no están recibiendo otra forma de asistencia alimentaria federal*:

  • Personas mayores (65 años o más)
  • Adultos con condiciones de salud de alto riesgo y necesidades médicas especiales
  • Personas que dan positivo en la prueba de COVID19, o que han estado expuestas y requieren aislamiento o cuarentena
  • Residentes sin hogar
  • Niños menores de 18 años 

*Según las reglas de FEMA, los programas federales de asistencia alimentaria que descalificarán a los residentes incluyen SNAP y Meals on Wheels. 
Debido a que las personas sólo son elegibles para este programa si no están recibiendo otras formas de asistencia alimentaria federal, muchas personas indocumentadas y personas en familias de estatus mixto pueden calificar.

Se adjuntan imágenes para los medios sociales en español! 

Gracias! Leila Darwish 
Community Engagement Coordinator – NOLA Ready City of New Orleans 

City of New Orleans COVID19 Meal Assistance Program – help spread the word!

Hi everyone, 

As you may know, the City of New Orleans will begin providing a COVID-19 Meal Assistance Program, a cost-sharing collaboration with FEMA to qualifying residents starting in July. A vendor partnering with local restaurants will provide meals for this program for 30 days. 

We are beginning to take registrations for the program this week and would love your assistance in spreading the word throughout the community and to those most in need of food assistance in these challenging times. Folks can register by calling 3-1-1. 

I have attached several graphics you can share online. And also feel free to print them out and distribute. They provide information on who is eligible for this meal assistance program. I have included the graphics in Spanish and Vietnamese in the Zip folder attached! 

For your own information, here is some additional information on the program: 

As this is FEMA funded and COVID19 specific, eligible residents include individuals who fit into any of the following categories: 

  • Seniors (65 yrs and above) 
  • Adults with high-risk health conditions & special medical needs
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID19, or who have been exposed and require isolation or quarantine
  • Homeless residents
  • Families with children under 18yrs old 

*Per FEMA rules, federal food assistance programs that will disqualify residents include SNAP, Meals on Wheels, NOLA Public School Meal Program, and State-sponsored homeless hotel services that are providing federally funded meal services. 

If residents are not eligible for the program, 3-1-1 operators will be collecting their information and working with our non-profit food relief partner organizations to determine ways to connect the residents with additional meal or food assistance. 

Process for enrolment into the COVID-19 City of New Orleans Meal Assistance Program: 

  • To sign up for the program, residents in need can either call 3-1-1 or submit their request online at If they submit their request to register online, they will be called back by 3-1-1. 
  • Residents will be asked a series of simple questions to determine eligibility by 3-1-1 operators. See above or the attached flyer for who will be eligible for this program. 
  • Residents who are eligible will receive 2 meals per day (lunch and dinner), covering 7 days a week. 

If you have any additional questions, let me know. Please spread the word about this program to your communities so we can sign up all the folks who fit the eligibility requirements as soon as possible! 


Leila Darwish 

Community Engagement Coordinator – NOLA Ready

New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

Bilingual Case Manager Position CCANO

Good Afternoon

I am sharing with all of you this job posting to see if you can help me find a good candidate for the position. The case manager must be bilingual and will be expected to work primarily with the Hispanic community.  This position is part of our small team of staff members who assist persons impacted by Covid pandemic. Below is more information.  Please share among your contacts.

Catholic Charities Job Opening
Program: Spirit of Hope
Job Title: Bilingual (Spanish/English) Case Manager

Email your resume and cover letter to
You may also fax this information to (504) 310-6945.
Please include the job title and program in your subject line.

Position Description:
The Bi-lingual- Case Manager will work with the community to provide outreach, assessment and case management services for this community. In addition, the Case Manager will provide comprehensive case work and COVID related support to assist families from this community.

Essential Functions:
Perform initial intake, assessment, case planning, and intervention and follow up with this population.
Develop an extensive information and referral network
Assist with the CCANO food pantry operations in terms of assessing needs and providing follow up case work and support services.
Perform eligibility requirements as dictated by grant deliverables; monitor deliverables
Complete the required remote services documentation: Remote Intake DO Forms, Direct Referral, Direct Assistance Request and Acknowledgement.
Adhere to the COA guidance for Case Management.
Collaborate with other programs and participate in organizational case reviews. Communicate effectively across all disciplines and adhering to all Client Confidentiality
Ensure that basic benefits are obtained and utilize the Benefits Enrollment process for SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare Savings where appropriate
Report weekly to Supervisor and enter data into Client Track
Maintain a case load that is sustainable over a period of time with between 30 to 35 clients.
Practice evaluation and continuous quality improvement.
Perform other duties as directed by Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:
Excellent relational skills. Basic computer and data entry skills. Have Access to reliable transportation.

One year experience in the field of social work, experience with services to Hispanic community, case management experience or transferable case management skills. Facility with data entry for documentation of services.

Reports To: Division Director .

Shaula Lovera, MPH

Division Director

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

1000 Howard Ave, Suite 227 New Orleans LA 70113

Phone: (504) 310-6998

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Job Opportunity: CORE Mobile Testing

Hi everyone, 

Just wanted to pass along this job opportunity to work with CORE to provide COVID-19 mobile testing to New Orleans.  If you know anyone who is out-of-work and/or might be interested in this new opportunity (doesn’t need to be a health person), please feel free to pass it along and direct any questions to Individuals must be 21+ and based in New Orleans – preference for BIPOC, women, bilingual, and/or LGBTQ+ folks!

Hope you all are doing well!


Meredith McInturff, MPH 

Emergency Preparedness LeadNew Orleans Health Department

504.658.2582 office | 504.717.1475 cell