Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative

Free legal help for survivors of California disasters, and resources for volunteers, provided by trusted California nonprofit legal aid providers


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For information about a particular disaster, choose one of these

CZU Lightning Complex
(FEMA Deadline Oct. 21st)
San Mateo & Santa Cruz Counties

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North Complex and Willow Fires
(FEMA deadline Oct. 21st)
Butte, Plumas and Yuba County

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LNU Lightning Complex
(FEMA Deadline Oct. 21st)
Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Solano, & Yolo Counties

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find information regarding common COVID-19 legal issues.

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Free Legal Answers Northern California

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Starting September 1st!


Community Legal Assistance Community Program – free legal assistance on the 1st and 2nd Saturday’s of the month.

COVID-19 Resources

Find the latest legal resources and information on topics such as employment, benefits, insurance, housing.


Free estate planning assistance for Emergency Responders

Issues we may be able to help with:

Housing: rent, eviction, repair, section 8, etc.

Employment:  unemployment benefits, injury at work, hours, etc.

Consumers: car payments, contractors, fraud

Insurance: denials, claims, paperwork, etc.

Benefits: CalWorks (welfare), CalFresh (food stamps)

Disaster Assistance: FEMA, SBA loans, etc.


California Helping Handbooks click here

Remember to Download any materials from the handbooks now so you’ll have access to this without wifi

Cash Help

If you had damage or losses from fires and the President has declared a federal disaster with “individual assistance,” you may register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For more information, go to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. If there is a Disaster Recovery Center in your area, you will likely find FEMA accepting applications there, as well.


The California Department of Insurance provides assistance on insurance issues, such as claim handling delays, additional living expenses, underinsurance disputes, etc. If you are experiencing difficulty with the processing of your claim or wish to have an underinsurance issue investigated, contact the officers at the Department’s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-927-HELP (4357); TTY 1-800-482-4833 for assistance. For additional information, you may also wish to visit the Department’s website at: www.insurance.ca.gov.

Unemployment Assistance

Workers who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own, such as in the case of a disaster, may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. Visit Employment Development Department (EDD) website at: www.edd.ca.gov. Click on the “Unemployment” link, then on “Apply for UI” (eApply4UI) at the top right of the page. UI claims also can be filed by telephone at 1-800-300-
. For Cantonese, call 1-800-547-3506; for Mandarin, call 1-866-303-0706; for Spanish, call 1-800-326-8937; for Vietnamese, call 1-800-547-2058, TTY 1-800-815-9387. For more information, you can go to the webpage at:

For more information visit our Resources Page.

Public Health Information

For information on public health concerns during a disaster you can contact
916-650-6416 or visit the California Department of Public Health website at:

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