News Story (California)
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
February 9, 2018
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Tags: Disaster Recovery
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Sonoma County (California)
His case is one of about 100 FEMA assistance appeals Legal Aid is handling, and advocates suspect the total need could be even higher.
“We think people are not understanding that they can appeal,” said Ronit Rubinoff, Legal Aid’s executive director. “When the government tells them no, there’s a tendency to just take that answer and say, ‘Oh, I’m out of luck.’ And it’s wrong. That’s not true, especially in entitlement programs when we know there’s these big bureaucracies at work, and denial rates are high and appeal rates are usually quite successful.”