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COVID-19 financial relief available to local families

LAPLACE — Thanks to a generous donation of $42,000 from Nalco Champion – an Ecolab Company, $500 grants are available to St. John the Baptist Parish residents who have experienced financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locals can download an application at http://sjbparish.com/pdfs/RECOVERY_FINAL.pdf and submit the completed application to althea.bordelon@yahoo.com for consideration.

Applicants must not have been previously awarded a St. John United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant.

Household income must be at or below $61,000 to qualify, and the applicant must have worked in Louisiana between Feb. 1 and the date of application.

A copy of the applicant’s 2018 or 2019 1040/1040EZ Federal Tax Return and proof of residence in St. John Parish are required for submission. Proof of residence may include a Louisiana driver’s license, a Real ID, a copy of a utility bill or a lease/mortgage statement.

Applicants must also provide a paystub with their employer’s name and days worked between the date of the application, or a COVID-19 separation letter from an employer.

Applicants will be notified by phone to set an in-person appointment. Documentation can be turned in at this time. The St. John Recovery Group will review applications, and recipients will be notified of the award by phone.

For more information, visit sjbparish.com and review the St. John Recovery Group Award Application.

Comprised of faith-based agencies, non-profit groups and other support organizations, the St. John Recovery Group is dedicated to providing recovery resources to individuals impacted by crisis. St. John United Way, located at 408 Belle Terre Blvd. in LaPlace, serves as the fiscal agent.