The Legal Aid Society Headquarters Resumes Operations At Water Street

The Legal Aid Society's headquarters at 199 Water Street in Lower Manhattan, which had been closed due to damage from the flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy, resumed operations on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The 400 staff members who work there returned from temporary office assignments at other Legal Aid offices and alternative locations at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Unfortunately, telephone service has not yet been restored at the Society's Water Street headquarters. To reach any of the Legal Aid staff at 199 Water Street, please go to our website and click on the Directory for 199 Water Street Personnel button. If you need legal assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy, please call The Legal Aid Society's toll-free disaster relief hotline at (888) 663-6880. If you are homeless or need other civil legal assistance, you can call The Legal Aid Society at (212) 577-3300. If you are on Riker's Island or in a State prison and need to reach The Legal Aid Society's Prisoners' Rights Project, you can call (212) 577-3530.

In the finest tradition of our organization, beginning in the immediate aftermath of the storm, Legal Aid staff members have been providing comprehensive disaster relief legal assistance at the shelters for homeless and displaced New Yorkers, at the disaster centers, at community-based organizations, and through the Society's Mobile Justice Unit.

The Legal Aid Society has targeted disaster relief services in the most affected communities in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, Red Hook, and Staten Island. As indicated above, New Yorkers in need of disaster relief legal assistance can also call The Legal Aid Society's toll-free disaster relief hotline at (888) 663-6880. Legal Aid staff members are assisting affected New Yorkers with FEMA and Disaster Unemployment Insurance claims; replacing medications, medical equipment and access to health care; obtaining Food Stamps and public assistance; landlord-tenant, public housing, federal Section 8 matters, and homeowner/foreclosure help; assistance with loans and other small businesses matters; family law and domestic violence issues; immigration issues and school transfers and transportation issues.