3 steps you can take now to fight your FEMA recoupment

 (Photo: Pamela Andrade) Just weeks after the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, FEMA has expanded efforts to “recoup”—that is, to demand repayment of—millions of dollars in disaster assistance given to Superstorm Sandy victims.    In notices recently received by storm victims across New York, FEMA has demanded repayment of disaster assistance awards—some totaling tens of … Read more3 steps you can take now to fight your FEMA recoupment

Learn about Access to Justice (A2J) Programs

Normally, if you can’t afford an attorney for a civil court case, you can get an attorney at your local legal aid office. In the past few years, more people have become financially eligible for legal aid, but legal aid offices nationally have shrunk due to lack of funding. This is where A2J programs come … Read moreLearn about Access to Justice (A2J) Programs

How much flood insurance do I need?

Over the past year and a half, Staten Island Legal Services, has been in the frontlines of helping homeowners cope with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  They have released the following guide to help homeowners decide how much flood insurance they should purchase.  Thank you to Elan Ronen, Paralegal and Margaret Becker, Director of the … Read moreHow much flood insurance do I need?

Free air conditioners for eligible New Yorkers

The HEAP NY Funding Assistance for Air Conditioners has launched.  Eligible New Yorkers should apply to see if they qualify.  The Cooling Assistance Component of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) began on May 1.  This means that New Yorkers can now contact their local department … Read moreFree air conditioners for eligible New Yorkers

It is now easier to receive public assistance in NYC

Steven Banks, the new commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration (“H.R.A.”) announced changes that make it easier to receive public assistance. The purpose of these immediate reforms is to remove policies that have harmed welfare recipients in the past, as well as to address unnecessary financial penalties.   Changes have been made in … Read moreIt is now easier to receive public assistance in NYC

New agency can help with your unemployment application

Unemployment Insurance process can be overwhelming and at times frustrating, especially for individuals with limited English proficiency or other barriers.  As a result, there is a new state agency available to help you with your unemployment application. The New York State Unemployment Insurance Claimant Advocate Office at the NYS Department of Labor was recently created … Read moreNew agency can help with your unemployment application

New rules to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Mayor de Blasio released his long-awaited report evaluating NYC’s Sandy response and detailing his plan to overhaul the Build it Back program. The reforms introduce by de Blasio include: an increase in eligibility for 4,000 homeowners who have already made repairs for government assistance; a plan to have construction started on 500 homes and have … Read moreNew rules to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Having problems with your Sandy-related claims?

Reports of problems with insurance companies are surfacing. The Washington Post is reporting that insurance companies are  shortchanging victims of Hurricane Sandy and either not paying or underpaying the claims. The article states, “Many homeowners who got slammed by Hurricane Sandy one year ago are finding that their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large … Read moreHaving problems with your Sandy-related claims?

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

If you have a flood insurance claim, you must submit a new “proof of loss”  to preserve your claim to your insurance company for what you might be still owed.  Proof of loss consists of three special forms and supporting documentation. FEMA has extended the proof of loss deadline, stating all of this proof of … Read moreSandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

Home owners living in high-risk flood areas need flood insurance and an emergency plan to protect crucial documents!

Some home owners that were affected by Superstorm Sandy didn’t have flood insurance—they may have not known they needed it because, for example, they no longer had a mortgage so they weren’t notified of the need for flood insurance. Even if you don’t have a mortgage, if your home is in a high risk area, … Read moreHome owners living in high-risk flood areas need flood insurance and an emergency plan to protect crucial documents!