COVID-19: New Resource Fund for Hospitality Workers

United Way of Southeast Louisiana has just announced a new resource available for hospitality workers facing additional economic hardships due to COVID-19 shutdowns.

Information about the fund, which is meant to provide a small measure of support to the 72,000 workers in New Orleans’ lucrative hospitality and tourism industry, as well as eligibility guidelines and a link to apply for relief funds, may be found here: https://www.unitedwaysela.org/hospitalitycares

New report: The State of Working New Orleans

In 2016, visitors to New Orleans spent $7.41 billion in our city, an increase of 5.1% over the previous year, which had also broken records. We also hosted a record number of visitors – nearly 10.5 million people came to enjoy all New Orleans has to offer. But New Orleans workers are left out of this success. Low wages predominate across sectors of the economy – from accommodation and food service, to retail, healthcare, education, and construction.

In a new report, The State of Working New Orleans – the Industries that Sustain the Status Quo, the WJP builds a picture of the poverty among working people in New Orleans and sets out recommendations for the next mayor to raise the living and working standards for ALL New Orleans residents.

Read the full report here The State of Working New Orleans