Legal-Aid Groups Fight for Texans’ Disaster Relief

As Texas hurricane victims struggle to get back on their feet, legal-aid groups are helping them navigate a sometimes baffling federal-aid claims process and push back against landlords eager to evict them from flooded apartments.

News Story (Texas)

Cameron Langford
Courthouse News Service
September 29, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery

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


FEMA pays homeowners up to $33,000 under its Individuals and Households Program, offering aid for home repairs, rent for temporary housing and fare for hotel rooms, and emphasizes its benefits aren’t meant to cover all losses caused by a disaster.

Ponce contacted Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and an attorney from the nonprofit is helping her with the appeals process. Ponce said Friday she’s going to go out and look for two contractors to give her estimates for home repairs, a requirement for the appeal, which must be filed within 60 days of a denial.