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

Andrew J. Lanza

December 19, 2012

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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