2013-02-22 / Community

Free Legal Help Comes To Rockaway

The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is providing expanded free legal services to residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, including assistance with FEMA applications and appeals, housing issues, public benefits, private insurance, and other related legal problems.

Recognizing that no one should be forced to navigate the recovery process alone, NYLAG attorneys, paralegals, and financial counselors, supported by pro bono attorneys and volunteers, are now onsite at 22 locations across New York City and Long Island.

NYLAG staff and volunteers are onsite regularly at the following Far Rockaway locations:

Jewish Community Center of the Rockaway Peninsula: 1525 Central Avenue.

NYC Disaster Relief Center in Far Rockaway: 10-01 Beach 20th Street.

“Queens residents experienced significant devastation as a result of Sandy, and in addition to dealing with the physical damage to their homes and infrastructure they are also struggling with the equally painful stress of navigating complex legal issues,” said NYLAG President Yisroel Schulman.

“Nearly three months after Sandy, we are unfortunately still seeing people who do not have access to basic needs,” said Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie. “Legal assistance, among these needs, can often provide a source of relief and assist our neighbors in getting back to a sense of normalcy.”

Said Councilmember Mark Weprin, “While we know the road to recovery will be long and difficult, I am heartened to see an organization like NYLAG take on the responsibility of helping those most in need after Sandy.”

“One thing that Hurricane Sandy has taught us is that an effective disaster response must be coordinated across government, community groups and partners with the experience to address multiple needs, both in the short and long term,” added Councilmember Daniel Dromm.

NYLAG has already helped more than 3,000 New Yorkers address their immediate legal needs following the storm.

The expanded Storm Response Unit marks the next phase in the plan for long-term recovery. With approximately $2 million in funding from UJA-Federation of New York, the Robin Hood Foundation, and others NYLAG is now able to operate on an extended basis in more community locations, and aboard its Mobile Legal Help Center. NYLAG also operates a Storm Help Hotline.

For more information about NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit and details about its onsite operations in Queens and elsewhere, visit www.nylag.org/stormhelp or call the Storm Help Hotline at 212-584-3365.

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