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Puerto Rico Hurricane María 2017
Puerto Rico Hurricane María 2017
|Spanish / Español|
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.
|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|
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.
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
If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
Resources for People Who Have Relocated
- Puerto Rico Family Response Center
- FloridaDisaster.org - Division of Emergency Management
- Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA)
- Osceola County/Kissimmee Assistance Center
- Latino Hispanic American Community Center
- City of Philadelphia - Disaster Assistance Services Center
- Casa del Carmen
- Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha
- Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley
- Hostos Community College - Resource Center
- Ibero American Action League, Inc. The new location for the multi-agency resource center (MARC) is 864 East Main Street in Rochester and is staffed by multiple agencies every Thursday from 10-3pm.
- LatinoJustice PRLDEF
- Casita María Center for Arts & Education
- New York City Emergency Management: Hurricane Recovery Information | NYC Hurricane Service Referral Guide
Other Resources That Can Help
- 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.
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
For recent news related to legal aid & Puerto Rico's recovery please click here.