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Hurricane María Help for Puerto Ricans 

The Disaster Legal Hotline is: 1-800-981-5342

Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico beginning on September 17, 2017 and severe winds, storms and flooding have devastated many areas of the island. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on September 21, 2017 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Puerto Rico to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.

For DR 4339, as of September 20, direct federal financial assistance is available for impacted Puerto Rico individuals and families in all municipalities. 

Important Deadlines

Transitional Sheltering Assistance program  Extended to August 31, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision

Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Foreclosure Moratorium Extended to August 16, 2018
USDA: Foreclosure Moratorium Extended for Areas Impacted by Hurricane María September 17, 2018 

Recent Developments 

FEMA Provides Alternatives for Verifying Proof of Ownership in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Amendment No. 8 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration

Key resources for those impacted by the Hurricane

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Maria can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
  • Please watch for updates on FEMA's website.
  • For official news and press releases related to Hurricane María, please visit FEMA's News & Updates-María page. 

Legal Assistance

  • FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE TO STORM SURVIVORS THROUGH THE DISASTER RELIEF HOTLINE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH: 1-(800)-981-5342.

  • The hotline operates through a partnership between Legal Services Corporation of Puerto Rico, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC).

  • Bookmark AyudaLegalPR.org for additional updates and legal rights information 

  • Visit Servicios Legales Puerto Rico for information about services available from legal aid

Resources for People Who Have Relocated

FLORIDA

PENNSYLVANIA

NEW YORK 

NEW JERSEY 

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