Disaster Legal Services

To provide legal assistance to individuals affected by a major Federal disaster.



Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Website Address

http://www.fema.gov




Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Free legal services, including legal advice, counseling, and representation in non-fee-generating cases are provided, except as provided in paragraph (b) in Part 206.164.

Fee- generating cases (i.e., part of a settlement awarded by the court) shall not be accepted by lawyers operating under these regulations, and will be referred by the Regional Director through existing lawyer referral services.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Low-income individuals, families, and groups.

Beneficiary Eligibility

When the President declares a major disaster in which individual assistance programs are triggered, legal services and advice are made available to victims who are unable to secure such services as a result of the disaster.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

None.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 415, Public Law 93-288, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5182.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

None.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0702-0-1-453.

Obigations

(Salaries and Expenses); FY 07 $41,242; FY 08 $48,553 and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206.164; DOM Chapter 11; and Disaster Legal Services Handbook.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane - Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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