LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 10:35 AM
There are numerous organizations offering free legal resources to help victims of the Texas wildfires with the legal issues they face in the aftermath of this disaster. Below is a list of resources we hope you find helpful:
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-866-757-1570
For help with legal issues related to the disaster such as insurance claims, price gouging, landlord-tenant disputes, replacing important legal documents, or obtaining disaster-related public benefits. Hotline is staffed Monday through Friday. When lines are busy, callers will be able to leave their information and a TRLA staff member will return their call within 24 hours.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Austin Evening Legal Clinic
Mondays–Martin Jr. High (1601 Haskell St.)
Wednesdays–Webb Middle School (601 East St. Johns)
Clinics are held from 6pm to 7pm every Monday and Wednesday that Austin ISD has classes. All attendees who sign in by 7pm will be able to speak to someone regarding their legal issues that evening.
**TRLA hosts these clinics year-round for all legal issues. Wildfire evacuees in the Austin area are invited to attend.**
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Wildfire Publications
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has put together a series of publications aimed at helping wildfire victims understand their legal rights in the aftermath of the disaster.
State Bar of Texas Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-800-504-7030
Texas Law Help: Disaster Relief
Texas Law Help provides free online legal resources
FEMA Disaster Assistance
As of September 10, residents and business owners who sustained losses in Bastrop, Colorado, Houston, Leon, Travis, and Williamson Counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information on the types of aid available, click here.
Emergency Hotel Voucher Program
Up to $250,000 from the Texas Disaster Relief Fund will be distributed through Combined Community Action Inc. to provide seven-day emergency hotel vouchers for individuals and families whose homes have been destroyed in the Bastrop County fire. Combined Community Action will also administer flexible assistance cards using up to $350,000 from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to cover essential expenses for these individuals and families.
**We’re trying to keep this list as up-t0-date as possible. If you need to correct information or would like to provide information on additional resources, please add it to the comments below.**