Neighborhood Legal Services is among eleven legal aid organizations across the country to receive disaster relief grants from the Legal Services Corporation. The grants support projects that mobilize pro bono attorneys, enhance online resources for survivors, and improve communication and cooperation among legal aid clients, pro bono attorneys, and partner organizations.

“Natural disasters have a disproportionate impact on low-income people and give rise to a significant number of legal issues – such as wrongful evictions, denials of insurance claims and government benefits, and consumer scams,” said LSC President James J. Sandman. “We are grateful to Congress for this supplemental appropriation, which will fund critical legal services for people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the California wildfires.”

NLSLA will receive $546,374 to respond to the legal needs of the Creek, Rye, and Skirball Fire survivors. The grant will help NLSLA improve technology and infrastructure—such as mobile technology capacity—to operate in remote areas, replicate proven best practices by coordinating county- and California-wide disaster legal services and pro bono efforts, and improve outreach with the assistance of a full-time pro bono disaster legal services coordinator.