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The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice Assists with Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Efforts

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

  • By: Emily Bormann
  • Organization: The Legal Aid Society
  • Source: New York

Legal Aid BusOn Friday, November 2nd, Legal Aid Society staff assisted public housing residents with FEMA and emergency food stamp applications and other legal needs at the Red Hook Initiative, a community-based organization close to the public housing developments in Red Hook which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. On Saturday, November 3rd, Legal Aid Society staff provided emergency legal assistance to Coney Island residents from our Mobile Justice Unit. Staff also worked at the Red Hook Community Center. The need is tremendous. In just two days Legal Aid Society staff help to complete 520 food stamp applications and 60 FEMA applications.

In addition, on Sunday, November 4, Legal Aid Society staff provided legal assistance at the Miller Field New Dorp Lane FEMA Center in Staten Island, at the John Jay High School Shelter in Brooklyn, and with New York Communities for Change in Far Rockaway. Additional outreach efforts are planned for this week. Information on other outreach efforts will be posted on The Legal Aid Society's website (www.legal-aid.org) and Twitter (@LegalAidNYC). We have also established a hotline (1-888-663-6880) for New York City residents seeking Hurricane Sandy Relief legal assistance.

The demand for our Sandy Relief assistance has been extraordinary. We are currently setting the schedule for further outreach and hotline staffing for the week of November 5th and thereafter. Pro bono coordinators who would like to arrange for volunteers at their firms to participate in this effort should contact Emily Bormann at EBormann@legal-aid.org so we can assign your firm to a scheduled outreach initiative or hotline coverage and arrange for training. We greatly appreciate your support for these efforts.

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