Legal Aid's Civil Practice Is Assisting with Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Efforts
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2012
Legal Aid staff helping Coney Island residents with FEMA and emergency food stamp applications

Today, 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 and Sunday, Legal Aid Society staff will be assisting public housing residents with FEMA and emergency food stamp applications and other legal needs in Coney Island and at the Red Hook Community Center. In addition, on Sunday, November 4, Legal Aid Society staff will provide legal assistance at the John Jay High School Shelter in Brooklyn. Additional outreach efforts will take place in Staten Island, Far Rockaway and Brooklyn next week. Information on other outreach efforts and on how you can participate will be posted on LASnet, our website, and Twitter.

The Legal Aid Society is coordinating the outreach efforts in Red Hook and Coney Island with the offices of Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, and Councilmember Domenic Recchia. Outreach at the John Jay High School Shelter is being coordinated with Councilmember Brad Lander. Other elected officials have begun to call our disaster relief point people for emergency assistance with constituents.

To provide many of these critical client services on this emergency basis, we are using our Mobile Justice Unit, which is a vehicle that was purchased with one-time funds and is supported with funding for this purpose from the Chief Judge's Civil Legal Services Initiative. We will be making a formal announcement of our Mobile Justice Unit program with funders later in the month and we have piloted this program in Far Rockaway since July. We are pressing our Mobile Justice Unit into service in more locations now so that we can reach families and individuals in the low-income and isolated communities that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We greatly appreciate the efforts of managers, staff attorneys, and support staff who are providing this essential legal aid in this time of extraordinary need.