SENATOR ANDREW LANZA & NYLAG OFFER FREE LEGAL HELP TO STATEN ISLAND STORM VICTIMS THURSDAY, DEC. 27th

 

    Senator Lanza is partnering with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) in bringing a legal aid disaster relief program to Staten Island to help victims of the storm deal with a range of legal issues. Senator Lanza secured state funding for NYLAG's Mobile Legal Help Center – a vehicle staffed with lawyers and equipped with private meeting rooms and technology inside, which functions as a full-service office.

    NYLAG's staff has engaged in rigorous trainings on FEMA benefits and other related legal needs in order to handle storm related legal matters for clients. NYLAG also sought the assistance of legal agencies that served victims of Katrina in order to apply best practices and lessons learned in the wake of that disaster to better serve individuals affected by Sandy. Senator Lanza has arranged for NYLAG's legal aid disaster relief team to be located at the following locations on Staten Island:

    Thursday, Dec. 27th
    Senator Andrew Lanza's Hurricane Relief Headquarters
    4212 Hylan Blvd.
    10 am – 4 pm

    ***SPACE IS LIMITED. AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. For more information or to make an appointment please call Senator Lanza’s office at 718-984-4073.***

    The legal aid disaster relief team will be available to help victims of the storm deal with a range of legal issues, including:


    FEMA CLAIMS

    Filing for FEMA and other disaster program benefits

    Appealing denied claims

    Documenting damage to homes and small businesses

    CONSUMER MATTERS

    Bankruptcies and credit problems

    Contractor and other disaster-related fraud

    Financial and debt counseling

    ACCESSING & CONTINUING PUBLIC BENEFITS

    Food stamps

    Medicare/Medicaid

    Social Security Disability

    Public Assistance

    FAMILY LAW MATTERS

    Domestic violence

    Custody and divorce

    HOUSING

    Insurance claims

    Eligibility for housing vouchers

    Landlord/tenant disputes

    Wrongful evictions 

    Mortgage issues for affected homes

    IMMIGRATION

    Immigrant eligibility for various public benefits

    Emergency immigration legal issues

    EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

    Accessing emergency unemployment benefits

    OTHER

    Replacing lost documentation/identification

    Wills and advance directives

    Special education services for displaced disabled

    Individuals seeking assistance with legal issues can also call NYLAG’s hotline at 212-584-3365 or email StormHelp@nylag.org. 

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