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September 25 2012

Operation HOPE Provides Financial Recovery Guidance for Hurricane Isaac

Nonprofit’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Division swings into action

New Orleans – Financial dignity leader Operation HOPE announced the services of HOPE Coalition America (HCA), the nonprofit’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Division, which is providing financial recovery guidance to individuals and families affected by Hurricane Isaac, helping them rebuild and recover from the financial challenges created by the storm and flooding.

HCA, through a relationship with FEMA provides free recovery services, which include:

  • Filing for FEMA assistance;
  • Managing funds received;
  • Establishing a disaster recovery budget;
  • Home damage inspections;
  • Filing a complete insurance claim;
  • Deferring payments on damaged or destroyed homes and vehicles;
  • Selecting and managing a home repair contractor;
  • Obtaining copies of financial and legal documents;
  • Referrals to agencies providing financial and in-kind assistance;

Individuals needing assistance can call 888 388 HOPE (4673) to receive information and guidance from one of HOPE’s trained disaster financial recovery specialists.

HCA was created to coordinate HOPE’s national emergency response efforts for citizens in distress. A partner with FEMA, it provides focused ongoing relief to the overwhelming demand for “economic triage” to the victims of natural disasters or national emergencies. HOPE began working in Gulf region in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and establishing a permanent office in Louisiana to coordinate disaster recovery and to provide all HOPE empowerment services in the region.

Hurricane Isaac, which entered the Gulf Coast late August, has destroyed more than 903,000 homes and businesses throughout Louisiana, dumping as much as 18 inches of rain and causing major flooding in many areas across Mississippi and Louisiana. Individuals affected by Hurricane Isaac are encouraged to contact Operation HOPE at 888-388-HOPE (4673) for information and guidance that will help them recover.

Since 1992, nonprofit Operation HOPE has grown to become the global leader in financial dignity, providing financial literacy and empowerment services to underserved communities worldwide. Through its four principle portfolios: Banking on Our Future, HOPE Coalition America, HOPE Financial Dignity & Literacy Empowerment Centers, and HOPE Corps, the organization addresses youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, bridges the digital divide and promotes home ownership, assists with credit management and foreclosure prevention. This year HOPE celebrates its 20th year anniversary and delivering empowerment to more than 2 million low-wealth individuals worldwide.