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FEMA Legal Services Information


Forms and Information provided by FEMA for use in assisting clients with FEMA appeals and other interrelated benefits: 



  • Stafford Act
  • 44 CFR 206 Federal Disaster Assistance (NEWS FLASH Final Rule changes to 44 CFR 206 issued November 7, 2013, effective December 9, 2013. This rule finalizes revisions to FEMA's repair, replacement, and housing construction assistance regulations that clarify the eligibility criteria for assistance and implement changes to section 408 of the Stafford Act that were made by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA).)
  • 31 CFR 212 You can find the Money and Finance Regulations here that will protect FEMA funds in client's accounts, as protected federal benefit payments.
  • FEMA IHP Assistance-Appealing Adverse Decisions and Avoiding FEMA Overpayments. By Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. 2012. Created to Respond to Hurricane Issac. Current maximum cash grant is $33,300.00 as of October 1, 2016.
  • FEMA's Postdisaster Grant Recoupment: Hurricane Survivors Still Struggling Seven Years Later
    By the Shriver Center. Very informative review of FEMA recoupment and litigation after Katrina.


FEMA Recoupment

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.