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 more 3 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 more Learn 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 more How 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 more Free 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 more It is now easier to receive public assistance in NYC