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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Information for the Public
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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.
AND MUCH MUCH MORE…
Quick Fact Sheets:
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.
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-
5616. 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:
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