St. Bernard Parish Economic Development Foundation

Contact us:


100 Port Blvd., Suite 10

Chalmette, Louisiana 70043


Office:  504-277-4009

Fax:  504-277-4065



St. Bernard Parish Gulf Oil Spill Resource Guide

Quick Guide:

Claim Information

Small Business Services

Social Services

Employment/Volunteer Services

NOAA Important Contacts

Information on the Gulf Oil Spill

Overview of Lending Programs

Business Recovery Centers


Vietnamese American Oil Spill Victims Hotline: 504-814-0195

BP Claims:

Services Provided:

Provides assistance for fishermen and related industries impacted by the Oil Spill. Will need Name, Telephone, Mailing Address, Fishing Grounds affected, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Physical Injuries, and estimated weekly revenue lost. They will then provide you with a claim number.

Locations: BP Claims Office Locations:

Gretna/Belle Chasse-2766 Belle Chasse Hwy, Belle Chasse, LA (8:00am -7:00pm)

Point a la Hache-1553 Highway 15, Point a la Hache, LA (8:00am -7:00pm)

Venice-41093 Highway 23, Boothville, LA (8:00am -7:00pm)

St. Bernard-Ducross Museum, 1345 Old Bayou, Chalmette, LA (8:00am -7:00pm)

Tean Lafitte-2607 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Jean Lafitte (8:00am -7:00pm)

Grand Isle-3811 LA 1, Grand Isle, LA (8:00am -7:00pm)

Slidell-2040 E. Gause Blvd, Suite 10, Slidell, LA (8:00am -7:00pm)

Bayou LaBatre-N. Wintzell Aveenue, Bayou La Batre, AL (8:00am -7:00pm)

Foley-1506 North McKenzie Street (HWY 59), Suite 104, Foley, AL (8:00am -7:00pm)

Biloxi-920 Cedar Lake Rd, Suite K, Biloxi, MS (8:00am -7:00pm)

Pascagoula-59012 Old Mobile Hwy. Ste. 3, Pascagoula, MS (8:00am -7:00pm)

Contact: 800-440-0858

U.S. Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center:

Services Provided: You can submit claims for lost profits or earning capacity through the National Pollution Funds Center. Contact: 202-493-6831 Tom Morrison


Small Business Services

Seedeco Financial Services:

Services Provided: Provides financing for small businesses.


Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center, 212 Avenue G, Belle Chasse, LA Xavier University, 909 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA

Contact: 504-392-2454, 504-520-5727

Louisiana Small Business Development Center:

Services Provided: Provides business counseling services for small businesses.


Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center, 212 Avenue G, Belle Chasse, LA UNO Jefferson Center, 3330 N. Causeway Blvd, Suite 447, Metairie, LA

Contact: 504-831-3730, 504-392-2454

Small Business Administration (SBA):

Services Provided: Provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. Deadline to apply for SBA Disaster Loans is February 7, 2011.

Locations: St. Bernard Parish Business Recovery Centers: Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co, 1801 E. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA, 7901 Hopedale Highway, Hopedale, LA

Contact: 1-800-659-2955, 504-392-2454

Social Services

Catholic Charities (with LA Dept. of Health & Human Services and other partners):

Services Provided: Food, crisis counseling, case management, employment assistance, and registration . for food stamps & Medicaid.


St. Patrick Catholic Church, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulphur, LA (9:00am -1:OOpm)

St. Thomas Catholic Church, 17605 Highway 15, Pointe a la Hache, LA (1 :OOpm -5:00pm

St. Bernard Comm. Center, 1519 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA (504.281.2627)

Contact: Call Catholic Charities at (866) 891-2210

WIC Program:

Services Provided: Certification and Pick up services for items such as milk, beans, eggs, rice, vegetables,


Port Sulphur Clinic: 26853 Hwy 23 (First Friday of every Month)

Belle Chasse: Health Unit on Main St. Tuesday's and Thursday's (Certification)

Contact: 504-247-0592 call for more information

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Food Stamps

Services Provided: Registration sites for the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to assist individuals and Families impacted by the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Open 8:00am¬5:00pm.


St. Bernard Community Center, 1107 LeBeau St., Arabi, LA

First Baptist Church, 305 East St. Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA

Louisiana Workforce Commission, 8201 West Judge Perez, 2nd Floor, Chalmette, LA

Ducros Library and Museum (Mobile Unit), 1345-1347 Bayou Rd, St. Bernard Village, LA

Contact: St. Bernard Parish Residents: 504-599-1700 Orleans Parish Residents: 504-599-1700

Employment/Volunteer Services

JOB 1:

Services Provided: Applications for Oil Spill Cleanup jobs such as debris removal, placing protective barriers along the shorelines and beaches, Crew Leaders, Site Supervisors, and Site Safety Representatives.


2330 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

3520 General Degaulle Drive, New Orleans, LA

Contact: 504-658-4500


BP Vessel of Opportunity:

Services Provided: Hiring boats and crew to assist in the clean up effort. Will need name of vessel and it's characteristics (dimensions such as length, draft, horsepower, etc.), owner name.

Contact: 281-366-5511 or HorizonSupport@OEGLLC.comOSHA

Volunteer Louisiana:

Services Provided: Updated information about volunteer opportunities and trainings; online registration for volunteer updates

Contact: 1-866-448-5816 or



Services Provided: Information about worker's rights and safety specific to oil clean-up jobs, safety hazards about working on this type of job (what to avoid, harms of working with oil, etc.). OSHA does not provide training for volunteering and/or jobs related to the oil spill.


To download the Safety and Health Awareness for Oil Spill Workers visit:

NOAA Important Contacts

To Report Oil on Land:

Contact: 866-448-5816

To Report Oiled or Injured Wildlife:

Contact: 866-557-1401

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration:

Services Provided: NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) protects coastal and marine resources, mitigates threats, reduces harm, and restores ecological function. The Office provides comprehensive solutions to environmental hazards caused by oil, chemicals, and marine debris

Contact: 301-713-4248


NOAA Fisheries Service (Southeast Regional Office):

Services Provided: NOAA Fisheries Service conserves, protects, and manages living marine resources in a way that ensures their continuation as functioning components of marine ecosystems, affords economic opportunities and enhances the quality of life for the American-public. Outlines all fisheries closed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact: 727-824-5301

Website: http://sero.nmfs. noaa. gov

Information on the Gulf Oil Spill

Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Centre:

Services Provided: Up to date information regarding the Oil Spill response. Forms and information for volunteering, submitting a potential resolution, or offering equipment and services.

Contact: 985-902-5231 or 985-902-5240


Alternative Response Technology Inquiry: 281-366-5511

Product, Equipment or Service Inquiry: 281-366-5511

Volunteer Inquiry: 1-866-448-5816

EPA Response to the BP Oil Spill:

Services Provided: Information on the Air, Water, and Sediment Quality data in the affected region of the Gulf Oil Spill.


Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries:

Services Provided: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working closely with state and federal agencies and British Petroleum (BP) officials' to protect fish and wildlife resources along the state's coastline following the oil rig explosion in the Gulf on April 20, 2010. Maps that outline fishing closures for the State of Louisiana in waters affected by the Oil Spill are available here.

Contact: 225-756-5100 or A. Kell McInnis III:


State of Louisiana Emergency Response:

Services Provided: is the state's online resource for information about our response to the oil spill, general information for the public and updates for the media.


City of New Orleans

Services Provided: Daily updates on the oil spill and services.


St Bernard Parish Government

Services Provided: .Daily updates on the oil spill and services.


U.S. Coast Guard:

Services Provided: Information and contact lists for the District 8, New Orleans Command Sector of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Contact: 504-846-6160


Overview of Lending Programs


Seedco' Financial is a national, nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI). Our mission is to stimulate economic development in targeted underserved communities by prOviding financial and technical assistance to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and real estate developers that cannot access affordable financing through traditional means. We have a "triple bottom line" and seek to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability in the markets we serve. Our loan programs serve to create new job opportunities, preserve existing jobs, and help to build healthy, sustainable communities. For further information please contact Paul A. Collins at 504.520.5727 in the New Orleans Area, at 225.927.9907 in Baton Rouge or


We provide financing to a wide array of industries and sectors,such as:

  • Retail, grocery, restaurant, wholesale/distribution, light manufacturing~ professional services;
  • Arts and culture;
  • Human/social services, such as childcare and services for developmentally disabled individuals;
  • Affordable and supportive housing;
  • Clean technology, energy retrofit and weatherization projects;
  • And other targeted sectors in selected markets.

ELIGIBLE BORROWERS: Loan applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Small Businesses: Borrower must (a) have 100 or fewer employees; (b) operated for at least 12 months; (c) generated at least $200,000 in revenues during the prior 12 months; and, (d) operate within a targeted underserved area and/or demonstrate other form of program eligibility.
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprises: Borrower must be a for-profit enterprise which is at least 51% owned, operated or controlled by minority group members that are United States citizens. Minority groups included in the above definition are Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black/African-American, Hispanic, and Native American.
  • Women-Owned Business Enterprises: Borrower must be a for-profit enterprise which is at least 51 % owned, operated or controlled by one or more women who are United States citizens.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: A nonprofit organization must be legally incorporated as a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization as recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service and have at least $200,000 annual operating budget.
  • Building Owners and Real Estate Developers: Developer/ building owner must be able to demonstrate site control and related permits or permit-readiness.

Note: Additional eligibility requirements may apply. Exceptions may apply. The eligibility requirements listed above are subject to change at any time without notice. Seedco Financial does not fund businesses enabled primarily in the sale of alcohol, tobacco, firearms; gambling; tanning salons, massage parlors, or adult businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration



Disaster: LA-00032 Declaration: 12163

occurring: April 20, 2010 & continuing

In the Louisiana parishes of." Ascension, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Saint Bernard, Saint Charles, Saint Martin, Saint Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne & Washington; the contiguous Louisiana parishes of: Acadia, Allen, Assumption, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Saint Helena, Saint James, SC!int Landry, Saint Mary, St. John the Baptist, Vermilion, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana; and the contiguous Mississippi counties of." Amite, Hancock, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall & Wilkinson

Filing deadline for applications for economic injury: February 7, 2011

Type of Disaster Loan:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) -are working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be ~ met as a direct resultof the disaster. These loans are intended-to assist through the disaster recovery period.
  • EIDL assistance is 'available only to' entities and their '•owners•• who-cannot provide for their own recovery from government sources, as-determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Credit Requirements:

  • Credit History -Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
  • Repayment -Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
  • Collateral -Collateral is required for all EIDLs over $5,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.

Interest Rate:

  • The interest rate is 4.000% for businesses and small agricultural cooperatives without credit available elsewhere.
  • The interest rate is 3.000% for non-profit organizations without credit available elsewhere.

Loan Term:

  • The law authorizes loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years.
  • SBA determines the term of each loan in accordance with the borrower's ability to repay. Based on the financial circumstances of each borrower, SBA determines an appropriate installment payment amount, which in tum determines the actual term.

Loan Amount Limit:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDl) -The law limits EIDL(s) to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. SBA also considers potential contributions that are available from the business and/or its owner(s) or affiliates. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.

Loan Eligibility Restrictions:

  • Noncompliance -Applicants who have not complied with the terms of previous loans are not eligible. This includes prior borrowers who did not maintain required flood insurance.

Insurance Requirements:

  • To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA requires borrowers to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance. Borrowers of all secured loans (over $5,000) must purchase and maintain hazard insurance for the life of the loan on the collateral property. By law, borrowers whose collateral property is located in a special flood hazard area must also purchase and maintain flood insurance for the full insurable value of the property for the life of the loan.

For more information, contact SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or

Business Recovery Centers


As of May 17,2010


    Business Recovery Center

    Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company

    1801 East Judge Perez Drive

    Chalmette, LA 70043

    Mondays through Fridays,

    9 am -4 pm

    Business Recovery Center

    780 Hopedale Highway

    (near the Breton Sound Dock &


    Hopedale, LA 70085

    Mondays. through Fridays,

    9am -6pm

    Business Recovery Center

    Los Isfenos Museum

    Ducros Museum

    1345 Bayou Road

    St. Bernard, LA 70085

    Opens: Monday, May 17,2010

    Hours: Mondays through Fridays,



Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network

Greater New Orleans Region

  • Meet critical assistance needs of small businesses in a ten parish region. Cultural diverse"

    and Tri-lingual. Counseling offices are located throughout the 10 parish Region. Call 504-

    831-3730 for assistance available in any of the 10 parishes listed above.

  • Experienced staff ready to assist any business impacted by business interruption from

    natural or other disasters.

  • Empower entrepreneurs with the right tools, technical assistance, and resources to start, grow,

    and succeed by providing high:-quality and confidential consulting and training with a team of

    experienced business professionals in a wide variety of disciplines. All one-on-one

    consulting is at no cost to the business owner.

  • Provide resources for completing complex assistance projects such as e-commerce websites

    with LED's Small & Emerging Business Development Program. Training seminars and

    workshops that enable businesses owners and entrepreneurs to gain and upgrade business skills.

  • Expertise in accessing capital, financial resources, and loan packaging. Work with

    community based lenders, local bankers and state recovery financing programs.

  • On-line registration for consulting, technical assistance and training.