SCPHA Implements Policy Changes Due to COVID-19 State of Emergency Policy Changes and Public Access Restrictions Effective Today, March 16th Boutte, LA (March 16, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) state of emergency and to reduce the spread of the virus, the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority (SCPHA) has implemented several emergency policies that will affect Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing program participants. The emergency policy changes are effective immediately and until further notice.
HCV and Public Housing Annual Reexamination / HCV Voucher and Contract Issuance
Evictions and Terminations
There has been a change on the SCPHA Board! After assisting SCPHA through a tough period and providing needed expertise in the areas of housing and finance, our Ex-Officio Commissioner Julia Fisher-Perrier stepped down Jan. 9, 2018 to pursue other activities. She is still available to provide expertise in her friendly, but firm manner and remains a valued Councilperson on the St. Charles Parish Council. She was instrumental in providing much appreciated guidance through some of SCPHA’s toughest decisions and will be missed.
In our attempt to keep pace with the changes needed, Commissioner Fisher-Perrier has been replaced by St. Charles Parish Councilperson Marilyn Bellock, District V, as the new Ex-Officio Commissioner on the Board. In the upcoming week, we will present much more about our newest Board Member. We thank her for accepting the changes and look forward to working with her on behalf of the St. Charles citizens.
We wish you the very best in the New Year and, most of all, a safe New Year.
Please take care in the disposal of Christmas trees and the use of additional heat sources. Fires are major threats to our welfare and happiness each season, but we caution even more care in this unusually cold season.
Also, equally important is how we handle fireworks as we celebrate. Although legal in our Parish, we ask that they be used away from structures in open areas and handled in the safest manner possible. Our wellness and the safety of our neighborhoods depend on it.
We hope you have a joyous, peaceful, and successful New Year.
The waiting list for this program is closed now. It is not expected to be open before 2019, and the specific dates will be posted, advertised and placed on the website.
We now have a vending machine selling drinks available in the lobby of our office in Boutte at $1 per 12 ounce can. The machine takes $1 bills only.
Ochsner is pleased to kick off 2017 with the announcement of our Ochsner Smoking Cessation Clinic, a Department of Ochsner Medical Center! Our smoking cessation clinic will offer free or reduced pricing for patients for services to help them kick their smoking habit for good!
Ochsner is partnering with the Smoking Cessation Trust to offer free or reduced cost counseling and medications for anyone wanting to make a healthy lifestyle change. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States with 400,000 lives lost and more than 3 Billion dollars in health care cost and productivity losses in Louisiana alone.
Tell me more. What are the next steps to get started?
IMPORTANT NOTE: To be a part of the free or reduced program, you must have started smoking prior to 1988 and be a Louisiana resident. If you believe you or your spouse/domestic partner fit in this category follow these next steps:
Step 1: Contact 504-842-7490 or 1-844-371-5806 to speak to a Smoking Cessation Coordinator.
If you qualify for the free or reduced program, you’ll have access to cessation medications, individual/group counseling, telephone quit line support, a Quit Coach and more.
When will the clinic be opening?
The Ochsner Smoking Cessation Clinic is open.
Where will the clinic be located?
Clinics are located everywhere. Call 504-842-7490 or 1-844-371-5806 to find a clinic near you.
What exactly is the Smoking Cessation Trust?
In late 2011, the final judgment in a 14-year-old class action lawsuit (Scott v. American Tobacco Company) ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a 10-year statewide smoking cessation program. The new program will benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers – members of the plaintiff class referred to as the Scott Class, which is defined in the judgment as all Louisiana residents who developed a smoking habit before September 1, 1988. In 2012, the court-established and court-supervised Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT) began work to set up the cessation program as planned, using funds provided by those tobacco companies. Any current Louisiana resident who was a smoker prior to September 1, 1988, and wants to stop smoking cigarettes can apply for Scott Class membership today by completing a one-page application for benefits for their card.
If you have more questions about becoming tobacco free at Ochsner, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have more questions about how the Smoking Cessation Trust works, you can contact them directly through the resources on our exclusive Ochsner website for the Smoking Cessation Trust.
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Discrimination Complaint Hotline: 1-800-669-9777
To All SCPHA Residents:
On Jan. 18, 2017, the first notice was sent to residents expressing the intent of the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority to establish a mandated “Smoke Free Policy and Environment within 18 months. Smoking will be prohibited throughout all public housing properties, in the units and within 25 feet of SCPHA buildings or other properties. The Final Rule: “Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing” was issued Dec. 5, 2016 under the 24 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 965 and 966 and a SCPHA Board of Commissioners’ Resolution #17-01-24-42 passed Jan. 24, 2017.
As a followup to that letter, the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the features of the proposed SCPHA Policy and to provide information and resources to help residents to stop smoking. We recognize that for many to stop a habit that has been going on for years will be difficult. Because of that, we need time to adjust to this new way of living in public housing. It is emphasized that HUD is not prohibiting smoking or the use of smoking paraphernalia etc., but has banned smoking on all public housing properties. Residents are encouraged to work with SCPHA to make this a reality. For many it will be very difficult, but together we will make it easier.
A Spring General Discussion Meeting is scheduled to begin publicly discussing this issue. This HUD mandate is unfunded and must be established using the housing authority’s existing resources. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m., March 7 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling. At this meeting, guests and resource personnel will present some examples of available help to assist residents in making this transition.
The new rule does not and will not prohibit residents from smoking. It will prohibit smoking in or near public housing property. Please contact the SCPHA Office with all concerns (985-785-2601).
Benjamin R. Bell, Executive Director
A Little Free Library is a national movement where anyone can build a small box or kiosk that can resemble a nicely decorated birdhouse, place it in a community and fill it with free books that can be shared among people who live there.
The library can be as basic or elaborate as desired and the books inside depend on who uses them.
Read more about the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority’s Little Free Library in the Herald-Guide here.