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CONTACT:
Lenor W. Duplessis - May 2, 2016
Public Information Officer
504-278-4331
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St. Bernard Parish Tourism Department Celebrates National Tourism Week

Visit the Visitor’s Center May 4th thru 6th

National Travel and Tourism Week, now in its 33rd year, is the annual salute to travel in America. The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984, established by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983.

The purpose of National Travel and Tourism Week is to create a greater appreciation of travel and tourism’s impact on our local economy. When people make the choice to travel to St. Bernard Parish, it makes an enormous impact on the residents who live and work here. Travel is a force that can drive our Parish’s economic recovery.

Travel also greatly benefits our relationships, families, and children. Kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college, and earn more as adults. Travel is also good for our well-being—numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and decreasing depression. That’s a platform anyone can support!

To mark this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, the St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism invites you to stop by the Visitors’ Center on May 4th, 5th and 6th, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. located at 409 Aycock Street in Arabi, LA to meet our staff, pick up a visitors’ guide, and enjoy a complimentary gift.

This week, we are celebrating what travel means to our community, and we call on everyone, from elected officials to local residents, to join us in saluting this important industry. Please stop by the Visitors’ Center to support National Travel and Tourism Week.

 

St. Bernard Parish News

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CONTACT:
Lenor W. Duplessis - April 29, 2016
Public Information Officer
504-278-4331
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St. Bernard Parish Government Housing and Redevelopment offers assistance to local residents through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

(PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

St. Bernard Parish Government Housing and Redevelopment Office have funds available to assist residents with educational, transportation and utility needs. The program is made by possible through the Community Services Block Grant Program. To schedule an appointment for any CSBG services please call 1-888-407-9558 beginning 8:30am on Monday, May 2, 2016. If you have questions regarding program requirements please contact our office directly at 504-278-4468 option 5.

The available services are:

Educational Services

(Tuition Assistance) (Uniform Assistance) (Childcare Assistance)

Transportation Service for disabled & seniors residents 55 and older

Utility Assistance

(Entergy, Atmos & St. Bernard Public works)

CSBG 2016 Income Guidelines

Family Size Annual Income 125% of Poverty
1 $14,850
2 $20,025
3 $25,200
4 $30,375
5 $35,550
6 $40,725
7 $45,913
8 $51,113

$5,200 for each additional family member over 8

To schedule an appointment for any CSBG services please call 1-888-407-9558 beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016. If you have questions regarding program requirements please contact our office directly at 504-278-4468 option 5.

 

St. Bernard Parish News

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CONTACT:
Lenor W. Duplessis - April 29, 2016
Public Information Officer
504-278-4331
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St. Bernard Parish Government Housing and Redevelopment Announces Availability of Low Income Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

Clients may begin calling 1-888-332-2721 on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to receive an appointment.


(Please Read Carefully)

St. Bernard Parish Government Department of Housing and Redevelopment is announcing the availability of funds dedicated to assist St. Bernard Parish residents who are eligible low income households with energy payments. Applicants will be seen by appointment ONLY for regular (non-crisis) assistance. Clients may begin calling 1-888-332-2721 beginning Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to receive an appointment.

Walk-ins for DISCONNECT(S) (crisis benefits) will be allowed ONLY (Monday – Thursday from 9:30am - noon). Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations can contact our office during normal business hours.

An eligible household is one whose total monthly income is below the levels listed below, and who have not received a previous benefit within the past six months.

Applicants must fill out an application, and provide, at a minimum, the following documentation:


  1. Driver’s License of State ID of applicant and head of household
  2. Social Security cards for all members of the household
  3. Proof of income for all members of the household including anyone in the household over 18*
  4. Copy of the energy bill (assistance is provided for Entergy and Atmos ONLY, no water)
  5. Secondary proof of residency if the address on the ID does not match the service address
  6. Current Award Letter for food stamps (if applicable)
  7. Current Utility Allowance if the applicant is on the HCV Program


*Anyone in the household over the age of 18 who is unemployed will be required to fill out and sign a “Zero Income” form, and it must be completed in order for the application to be processed. Any employable member of the household who is not employed will be referred to the Workforce Commission before receiving payment of benefits. Applicants without complete documentation will not be processed, and will have to call for a second appointment.

Proper documentation is required at time of appointment. All information is subject to verification. Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution.

Household Size Max. Monthly Household Income
1 $1807
2 $2363
3 $2920
4 $3476
5 $4032
6 $4588
7 $4692
8 $4796

St. Bernard Parish Housing and Redevelopment Office is located at 2009 Esteban Street in Arabi.

 

St. Bernard Parish News

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CONTACT:
Kristen Lawrence - April 26, 2016
(504) 930-3042
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ST. BERNARD PARISH TO HOLD ONLINE AUCTION FOR TAX ADJUDICATED REAL ESTATE ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH

St. Bernard Parish uses proven technology to return blighted and delinquent properties to commerce

Local governments often take multi-faceted approaches to fighting blight and turning around adjudicated properties. St. Bernard Parish is taking the necessary steps to sell adjudicated properties through an innovative online auction process in collaboration with CivicSource.

Over 20 properties will be open for bidding Wednesday, May 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The properties are those that previously went unsold in a tax sale, and as a result, became adjudicated to the parish. Only properties that have been adjudicated for more than five years will be available. The sale will provide winning bidders with full ownership of each property along with title insurance. St. Bernard parish posts a complete listing of qualified adjudicated properties to CivicSource.com to allow investors to nominate properties for an auction through a sale initiating deposit.

“We are hopeful these auctions will help spur new development, reduce blight and strengthen neighborhoods across parish,” said Guy McInnis, St. Bernard Parish President.

Placing properties online has proven a successful method in cities such as New Orleans — and since buyers pay the total cost, partnership with CivicSource costs the city and taxpayers nothing. The sales will place these properties back on the tax rolls, return them to commerce and generate significant, recurring annual tax revenues to the parish.

The online auction replaces the traditional adjudication sale held at the Courthouse where participants were required to be present during the auction process. By hosting the sale online, bidders who would not normally be able to attend the auction in person are still able to participate from their homes or places of business. Anyone interested in participating in St. Bernard’s auction may register online prior to the auction at CivicSource.com.

About CivicSource:

CivicSource is the leading auctioneer of tax-distressed real estate. From tax sales to adjudication auctions, CivicSource digitizes due process compliance to ensure legally valid sales. Founded in 2008, New Orleans based CivicSource has been recognized by Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Companies” and has been recognized as the one of the Best Places to work in New Orleans for the past five years, receiving the designation “Best Place to Work” in 2015.

 

St. Bernard Parish News

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CONTACT:
Lenor W. Duplessis - April 20, 2016
Public Information Officer
504-278-4331
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Parish President Guy McInnis delivered the State of the Parish Address.

Parish President Guy McInnis delivered the State of the Parish Address to a crowd of over 120 guests. The event was hosted by St Bernard Chamber and sponsored by St. Bernard Parish Government.
Click here for the 100 Day President's Report

Photos by Lenor Duplessis.

 
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