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Disaster Relief and Recovery

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This section contains resources for lawyers and legal advocates who are helping people in the aftermath of natural disasters such as tornados, floods or fires.  The section focuses on people's legal rights after a disaster, including the right to apply for a variety of benefits programs.  Please select the topic you are interested in FEMA, Housing, Non FEMA benefits (unemployment, cash, SNAP, SSI) or Other topics) from the column at the left.

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COVID-19 Federal Disaster Declaration

04/08/2020 - Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Federal aid will be available to cities and towns, state agencies and certain non-profits in all Massachusetts counties to help pay for... Read more

Figuring Out FEMA

01/23/2020 - Center for Urban Pedagogy
Experiencing a natural disaster is a difficult and traumatic experience. In addition to the emotional process of recovery, impacted... Read more

PHN 2018-12: Massachusetts Evacuee Transitional Assistance Reserve for Hurricane Maria Evacuees from Puerto Rico

07/24/2018 - DHCD
As you are aware, the Commonwealth is working to ensure that the Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico find permanent housing. We have... Read more

Statement on Court Order Regarding Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program for Puerto Rico

07/01/2018 - William Booher, Public Affairs Director, FEMA
WASHINGTON - FEMA is aware of the Judge’s ruling regarding the end of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Puerto... Read more