Legal Aid of Arkansas has been awarded $161,000 for the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project by the Legal Services Corporation, as announced Thursday.
This project will assist low-income communities with disaster preparation, response and recovery. Legal Aid will create a comprehensive disaster preparedness and response plan between civil legal service providers, private attorneys and the larger disaster relief community, including emergency management teams and the Arkansas Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and its member organizations.
A multitude of legal issues arise when communities are hit by disaster, and low-income individuals often need assistance to navigate the available services. Legal Aid will provide training to attorneys, organizations, and emergency teams on a variety of topics, including Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance applications, fair housing and landlord-tenant law and consumer protection, and identifying low-income individuals who are most at risk of being affected by disasters.
The project will also provide more general information to low-income communities on their rights and legal services available to them.
Legal Aid is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that provides free legal services to low-income Arkansans with civil legal problems across 31 counties. To apply for assistance or for more information, call 1-800-952-9243 or visit www.arlegalaid.org.