Disaster Relief Project
How we help
Visit the Disaster Relief section of our Self-Help Library to learn more about about how we can help, and also for free legal education and self-help resources.
About the Project
Legal Aid of North Carolina's Disaster Relief Project provides legal assistance and education to survivors of natural disasters in North Carolina and supports community economic development and long-term recovery in disaster-impacted communities. Project attorneys help remove barriers to recovery resources by clarifying title and ownership issues, advocating for clients in benefits application and appeals processes, and standing up for survivors who were victimized by fraudulent contractors or bad-actor landlords. Project social workers ensure that survivors dealing with trauma are more fully supported and help guide clients to community resources. To broaden the project's reach, staff conduct community outreach and education sessions on the rights of disaster survivors, application and appeal procedures for state and federal programs, and disaster preparedness.
To support the long-term recovery of communities impacted by disaster—often among the most vulnerable communities in the state—project attorneys provide legal services to local organizations working towards recovery and economic development. Staff regularly attend meetings with Long-Term Recovery Groups in 18 communities across the area impacted by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, and Dorian, and partner with other national and statewide disaster relief organizations. By writing bylaws, providing document templates, and helping groups incorporate as 501(c)(3) nonprofits, the project helps promote the longevity and professionalism of local long-term recovery work.
The Disaster Relief Project is funded by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation that supports our work with Hurricane Florence survivors and a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster grant from the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management.