Fordham Law Sandy Relief

[image: Hurricane Sandy :: Legal Help for Nonprofits Dear Friends of NYLPI,
In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, NYLPI is more committed than ever to
helping New York’s nonprofit community survive and thrive. We know that
many of you have been both affected by and responding to a tremendous and
growing need in our city— and we are here to help. NYLPI’s Pro Bono
Clearinghouse is available to assist organizations with legal needs
including, but not limited to: • Insurance claims and negotiations •
Real estate contingencies including subleasing and securing temporary
accommodations • Employment law including expansion, downsizing, employee
leave and employer compensation obligations • Compliance with tax-exempt
organizations law when fundraising and accepting donations Please contact
Jessica Lauredan at 212-244-4664 or reply to this email at
clearinghouse@nylpi.org

[image: Hurricane Sandy :: Legal Help for Nonprofits Dear Friends of NYLPI,
In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, NYLPI is more committed than ever to
helping New York’s nonprofit community survive and thrive. We know that
many of you have been both affected by and responding to a tremendous and
growing need in our city— and we are here to help. NYLPI’s Pro Bono
Clearinghouse is available to assist organizations with legal needs
including, but not limited to: • Insurance claims and negotiations •
Real estate contingencies including subleasing and securing temporary
accommodations • Employment law including expansion, downsizing, employee
leave and employer compensation obligations • Compliance with tax-exempt
organizations law when fundraising and accepting donations Please contact
Jessica Lauredan at 212-244-4664 or reply to this email at
clearinghouse@nylpi.org

Hurricane Sandy relief—Alternative winter break project: sign-up now— webinar training on Friday

Interested in doing some meaningful volunteer work over winter break?
Now is the time to sign up for Hurricane Sandy relief! Attorneys from
Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island Legal Services, part of Legal Services
NYC, have issued a call for law student help with an important survey
project in Sandy-affected communities. We are forming a Fordham Law team
and we invite you to be a part of this effort. Legal services attorneys
report that there is still very little data on what has happened in
Sandy-affected communities, and the initial statistics are grim -
thousands of FEMA denials in certain neighborhoods; only 8000 disaster
unemployment applications throughout New York City (despite the many
thousands who suffered job and income loss), and spare food security
assistance. Survey work done in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina helped
to identify unmet legal needs and to bring important legal resources and
attention to the needs of residents and we believe that this project can
contribute to a better understanding of what is happening on the ground
here in NYC.

We are sending two groups to help Legal Services NYC and request that you
join one:

January 7-10 (weekdays)

January 12-13 (weekend)

If you can help, please email Lauren @ llombardo@law.fordham.edu by
January 4th and let us know which days work best for you. We have
arranged for RAM vans during the week and may be able to arrange
transportation for the weekend as well so please RSVP. To prepare us for
the survey project, a 1 hour webinar is scheduled-please sign-up to
participate:

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 1-2 PM EST
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/892406366 or

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10-11 AM EST
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/228739062

Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Best,

Fordham Disaster Relief Network and Stein Scholars

www.law.fordham.edu/prc http://www.facebook.com/pircfordhamlawwww.law.fordham.edu/prc http://www.facebook.com/pircfordhamlaw

UJC Legal Clinic in Far Rockaway seeks law students Friday 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Urban Justice Center and the Action Center (at Beach Channel Drive & Beach
57th ST in Far Rockaway) are hosting a Sandy legal clinic this Friday
1/4from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Law students are needed to assist lawyers
from the
Urban Justice Center on topics including FEMA, Disaster Unemployment
Assistance, housing issues and more. If you can volunteer please contact
Sadia Rahman of UJC at
srahman@urbanjustice.org or else office
phone 646-459-3016.

Thank you!
-Jeff

Jeffrey R. Senter, Staff Attorney | Urban Justice Center, Mental Health
Project | 123 William Street Floor 16 | New York, NY 10038 | t.
646-602-5671 | f. 212-533-4598 | jsenter@urbanjustice.org

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“Inexcusable." "Indefensible." "Disgusting.”

Saturday, December 22nd, Sunday, December 23rd: Spanish speaking law
student and attorney volunteers—with housing experience needed for legal
outreach clinics sponsored by Occupy Sandy Legal and the NLG Hurricane
Sandy Task Force in outreach in Far Rockaway or the area around the YANA
Community Center (Beach 113 Street). Volunteers will join an organizer
and another experienced attorney who has worked in the area, speaking to
and advising residents and helping to find counsel for anyone who needs
follow up. To sign-up contact: Joel Kupferman at envjoel@ix.netcom.com

Sandy Survivors Day of Action 12/15/12

SANDY SURVIVORS DAY OF ACTION AND CITYWIDE CONVERGENCE DEC 15TH – REBUILD
THE CITY: RESTORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

*Posted *December 11, 2012 

FEMA ISN’T LISTENING. THE MAYOR ISN’T LISTENING. WHERE ARE THEY? PUBLIC
INFRASTRUCTURE SHOULD SERVE THE PEOPLE.
– –Facebook
Event
– Petition to Bloomberg

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th – POST-SANDY CALL TO ACTION

12pm actions in affected communities

5pm convergence in Manhattan @ Bloomberg’s house – (Bring a flashlight to
the convergence!)

Two months after Superstorm Sandy the disaster is not over and relief needs
are still great. Homes are uninhabitable with black mold taking hold, heat
and electricity are still absent in many places. Yet the government
response has been glaringly absent. As with Katrina and other recent
disaster-and-recovery events city, state and federal agencies have handed
off reconstruction resources and responsibility to corporations and markets.

That hand-off has pushed affected people further out of their communities,
further into crisis and vulnerability, and further from the decision-making
tables that allocate public resources. Where government has failed, Occupy
and other groups stepped in.

But we now understand that climate change has turned a corner: we will be
hard hit again by extreme weather events. And so we ask whose interests our
government serves? Is it polluters, predatory lenders, and disaster
profiteers? Or can we build a stronger, better, resilient New York where
all of us, regardless of race, class or power, can weather future storms?

12PM COMMUNITY RALLIES

Staten Island

1128 Olympia Boulevard

Across from St. Margaret Mary’s Church

Rockaways

Parking Lot on Mott Av. And 21st Street
5PM CITYWIDE RALLY

Mayor Bloomberg’s
home

17 East 79th

btw 5th Ave & Madison Ave

Manhattan

**Bring a flashlight to the convergence!***
– –Facebook
Event
– Petition to Bloomberg

First winter break Sandy relief project-start the holiday offs right by helping those in need- sign-up for one or both days: Monday, December 17th and/or Tuesday, December 18th.

First winter break Sandy relief project—start the holiday offs right by
helping those in need— sign-up for one or both days: Monday, December
17thand/or Tuesday, December 18th.

Food Security: NYS has just authorized expanded eligibility for
households, regardless of immigration status, living in the areas most
affected by Sandy to receive short-term (one month) of food assistance
through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
program (formerly called food stamps). Most households will be eligible
for at least $200 of benefits—and can make a real difference to families in
need especially during this holiday season. Two “catches”: (1) individuals
and households must apply by December 18th; and (2) they must apply at one
of two locations—in downtown Brooklyn or Staten Island, locations which are
far from many people who suffered from the storm. While legal services
providers and anti-hunger groups are advocating for both an extension of
time to file and to increase the application sites, there is no indication
that these efforts will be successful. Therefore, advocates are requesting
the help of law student volunteers: Vans are being organized by community
organizations for two days: December 17th and 18th and the organizers NY
Cares and Brooklyn Jubilee seek law student volunteers to drive those vans
to take residents from Coney Island and the Rockaways to the center in
downtown Brooklyn and help them complete the applications at the Center.
Russian and Spanish speakers are especially needed! 12 students (6 drivers
and 6 helpers/facilitators) are needed each day—sign up for one day or
both. Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. To sign-up, contact Ellyn Canfield by
emailing ellyn.canfield@gmail.com

Food Bank For New York City as we host the following series of Disaster
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)Webinar Training sessions:

*December 11th *

*(two sessions)*

*December 12th *

*(two sessions)*

*December 13th *

*(two sessions)*

* 11:30 AM - 12:30 PMs*

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7719464777351100416

*11:30 AM - 12:30 PM*

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4824981725532677376

*11:30 AM - 12:30 PM*

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2107698166670608896

*3:30 PM - 4:30 PM*

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1806366009962468352

*3:30 PM - 4:30 PM*

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/109870145838810624

*3:30 PM - 4:30 PM*

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6708790390564367104

We anticipate the webinars to run about an hour, with each focusing on the
following areas:

· D-SNAP policies and regulations

· Eligibility Aspects

· The application process, including where and when to apply, and
other important procedures

Our DSNAP Eligibility Webinars are 100% free, and no prior experience in
D-SNAP (or regular SNAP) is required. Of note, however, the first 100
individuals to join in on the Webinar will be able to participate in any
Q&A. Also of note, we are looking into saving the webinars we do run so
they can be downloaded later for those who can’t make the live events.

To register for one of the webinars, please click on the link for the
webinar you would like to attend in the schedule above and then fill out
the registration form that should pop up. For more information, or for
any questions, please contact Emanuel Negron, Benefit Access’ Training
Manager at enegron@foodbanknyc.org

1.     The City Bar Justice Center and Legal Services NYC will be hosting a
training session on:
Assisting Superstorm Sandy Victims on FEMA Appeals and Private Insurance
Appeals.

Friday, December 14 from 10am-1pm
New York City Bar
42 West 44th Street

Please note that CLE credit is not available for this training.

Please contact Dana Alamia at dalamia@nycbar.org to reserve a seat. (212)
382-6759 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (212) 382-6759 FREE
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1. The City Bar Justice Center and Legal Services NYC will be hosting a
training session on:
Assisting Superstorm Sandy Victims on FEMA Appeals and Private Insurance
Appeals.

Friday, December 14 from 10am-1pm
New York City Bar
42 West 44th Street

Please note that CLE credit is not available for this training.

Please contact Dana Alamia at dalamia@nycbar.org to reserve a seat. (212)
382-6759 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (212) 382-6759 FREE
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