Displaced by fire, legal aid attorneys shift to Harvey shelters

Attorneys gather at Houston shelters after office burns from electric issue.

News Story (Texas)

Mike Snyder
Houston Chronicle
September 4, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: Lone Star Legal Aid, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


Monday night, as Harvey’s rains continued to fall, a fire broke out at the downtown Houston offices of the nonprofit, which provides free legal services to people affected by disasters such as Harvey.

No one was injured – because of the storm, none of the 100 or so staff members were in the office – but the lawyers and support staff have been unable to use the building since the storm.

“We took a pretty good hit on the first floor,” with somewhat less damage on the second and third floors, said Paul Furrh, Lone Star’s executive director.