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National Disaster

Legal Aid

Resources for Legal Aid Professionals

RESOURCES FOR LEGAL AID PROFESSIONALS

To find the latest information for those impacted by active disasters, visit the Active Disaster Quick Links at the top of this page, or go directly to our Hurricane Harvey resource page.    

The resources listed here are meant to provide legal resources for legal aid attorneys who are assisting people who have been directly affected by a disaster. This section includes general information helpful to disaster relief on housing, insurance claims, insurance, employment, and other vital issues.  

If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case and have a question, consider contacting the National Disaster Legal Aid Advisory Group to tap into their expertise and experience. 

Free legal help in your state: LawHelp.org

        

Legal Services Corporation Program

For information on LSC's program information and other disaster-related resources for your organization, please click on the links below. LSC's gallery of maps provide geographic awareness and information in the mitigation, preparation and response to disasters.

        

FEMA & ABA-YLD 

Information on FEMA Legal Services, including the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that sets the terms for YLD to provide legal services to low-income disaster victims in the aftermath of a major disaster, can be found here.

Community Development Block Grants

For info on Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), click here

Common Issues After a Disaster 

         

Plain Language Info Sheets

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice New Jersey & Transcend created these interactive plain language info sheets for agencies to use when helping disaster survivors. 

Other Efforts 

To increase the responsiveness of federal disaster housing programs, the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition has developed an online tool for capturing the individual stories of disaster survivors. These accounts of unmet need will be collected for use with policymakers and media to illustrate the unique housing challenges low income survivors face after a disaster and to build support for solutions. The Coalition is asking legal aid, advocacy, and other organizations serving disaster survivors from the hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 to help them collect these stories by filling out this questionnaire for any client/individual with a compelling need for direct rental assistance.

  • Recovering from Disaster | by FEMA
  • DisasterAssistance.gov | A secure, user-friendly web portal that consolidates information about federally funded government assistance to disaster victims, including the ability to apply for FEMA benefits directly online. [Example of body paragraph copy]
  • State Offices of Emergency Management | A list of the emergency management offices in all 50 states plus territories.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

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The Disaster Legal Aid National Advisory Group consists of experts in disaster legal response from the Legal Services Corporation, American Bar Association, legal services organizations and law schools. If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case, the Advisory Group is here to help! Please visit the Advisory Group page for information on the group, group members and how to contact the group with inquiries.