The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced that it is awarding a $529,620 grant to NNJLS to provide legal services to those affected by Hurricane Ida. Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) will use the additional support to provide client-focused, cost-efficient legal services to individuals impacted by Hurricane Ida—and future disasters—through its Disaster Response Project.
New Jersey officials voiced their support for the grant. "Dedicated legal aid staff can assist our neighbors in navigating the frustrating – and often frightening – U.S. legal system,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9). “In awarding over half a million dollars to Northeast New Jersey, LSC is continuing its vital work."
Said Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), “Often the hardest part of recovering from a natural disaster is collecting the flood insurance coverage or FEMA benefits to which our residents are legally entitled. This award will equip people with vital legal services and advocates so that NJ-11 survivors can recover the benefits they deserve and put their lives back together.”
Sen. Bob Menendez agreed. “With this grant, many New Jersey families will be able to access the legal assistance desperately needed by disaster survivors to process claims and appeals, recover documentation, and solve landlord-tenant problems just to mention a few issues. This ultimately will help them get back on their feet.”
The complete press release is attached.