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Pro Bono Net begins a series of Superstorm Sandy interviews beginning with NYLAG's Sunny Noh

Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard on October 29-30, 2012, and devastated many communities in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and beyond.

  • Residents and businesses affected by the hurricane can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at
  • You can also find organizations in your state that can provide free legal help to you, if you are eligible, by visiting
    • NJ residents can call 1-888-541-1900.
  • You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.

Below are other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:

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FEMA Housing Portal

A searchable nationwide database that lists properties that may be obtained by people displaced by disasters. This can be used to find properties that can be rented under the DHAP program(s).

Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) Sandy

A longer term disaster housing assistance program for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. This program is administered by HUD, but is for eligible survivors who are approved to receive benefits under the IHP program from FEMA.

The Foundation Center's RSS Feed of Hurricane Sandy Grants

This RSS feed tracks philanthropy's response to the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy had in late October, 2012, displaying constantly updated data reported by companies, nonprofit organizations, and grantmakers.

Superstorm Sandy Helping Handbook (2012) by Morrison Foerster

Our hearts go out to those affected by Superstorm Sandy, which dramatically affected the New York and New Jersey areas beginning on October 29, 2012. We have prepared this Helping Handbook to assist those in the New York-New Jersey area who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The Morrison & Foerster Foundation has also donated $100,000 to fund disaster relief efforts.

This Handbook provides an overview of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses might experience as a result of the storm. We are grateful to acknowledge that the structure and much of the content replicates the Disaster Assistance Relief Manual compiled by Sarah Alba of Legal Services NYC with assistance from The Legal Aid Society, two organizations that have vast experience providing civil legal services to low-income persons living throughout New York City.

This Handbook is current through November 16, 2012, but the information may change if federal, state, and county governments adopt additional measures to assist victims of Sandy. This Handbook does not constitute legal advice, and readers should not rely on or act upon the information in this Handbook. We urge you to also consult additional resources which may be more current that are specifically designed to assist those affected by Superstorm Sandy, such as those identified by National Disaster Legal Aid at Hard copies of the handbook are available free of charge from Carol Bockner or Dana Alamia at the New York City Bar Association, or

Super Storm Sandy Guide for Suffolk County Small Business Resources

The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning has created a Resource Guide for small businesses impacted by Super Storm Sandy. Business owners can speak directly with a representative from Suffolk County by calling (631) 853-5751-Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00pm. Spanish speaking representatives are also available.

FEMA Major Disaster and Emergency Declarations and Information

Information from FEMA by state on the major disaster and emergency information for Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Resources in New Jersey

Legal Services of New Jersey has online legal information and resources for residents of New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Resources in Connecticut has online legal information and resources for residents in Connecticut affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Resources in New York has online legal information and resources for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Legal Help for New York Nonprofit Organizations

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Lawyers Alliance represents and provides legal information to New York nonprofits assisting disaster victims. It helps nonprofits with disaster relief legal matters related to fundraising and grant-making, expansion and downsizing, real estate contingencies, and compliance with tax-exempt organizations law. If your organization has questions about assisting relief efforts or victims of Hurricane Sandy, contact Lawyers Alliance for support.

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