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Disaster Relief Clinic

In the wake of recent natural disasters in California, the Clinical Education Program at Pepperdine University School of Law is launching the Disaster Relief Clinic. The Clinic will provide limited-scope, pro bono legal services to people and communities harmed by wildfires in Southern California in 2018. This work will include community education, advice-and-counsel and self-help clinics, referral services, and limited-scope legal representation.

Services will include assistance on FEMA applications and appeals, insurance coverage matters, business interruption, housing and rental issues, estate matters, unemployment, and consumer protection issues.

The Disaster Relief Clinic likely will not be able to handle cases for extended litigation or complex cases. The Clinic is working with legal aid agencies and volunteer lawyers to receive cases by referral. Presently, the Disaster Relief Clinic is limited to those affected by the Woolsey Fire and will prioritize clients in Malibu, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Conejo Valley. The Clinic may expand its services if it identifies sufficient volunteer lawyers and partner agencies.

Seek Pro Bono Legal Assistance

For residents of Los Angeles County, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County is hosting a hotline for pro bono legal assistance: 1-800-870-0732.

For residents of Ventura County, Ventura County Legal Aid is hosting a hotline for pro bono legal assistance: 1-877-301-4448.

Resources

FEMA

FEMA 101: Orientation for Homeowners in the Woolsey Fire

Overview of Federal Disaster Assistance

2017-2018 FEMA Training Presentation 

Individual Assistance Handbook

25 Pro Tips for Working with FEMA

National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center Quick Reference Guide

FEMA Disaster Assistance

California

Fall 2018 Southern California Wildfires Helping Handbook: A Resource for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses

A Homeowner's Insurance Policy Guide for California Fire Survivors

California's Statewide Wildfire Recovery Resources

Insurance

United Policyholders: Woolsey Fire - Insurance Claim Help

United Policyholders: Claim Guidance Library

United Policyholders: Contents Claim Help 

Insurance Commissioner: Important California Laws that Pertain to Property Insurance Policies after a Declared Disaster

Insurance Commissioner: Expedited Claim Handling Billing Grace Period Procedures for California Wildfires

Insurance Commissioner: Declaration of Emergency Situation 

Businesses

Business Physical Disaster Loans 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Unemployment

California Disaster Unemployment Benefits: www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Disaster_Unemployment_Assistance.htm 

Food Assistance

Public Benefits Disaster Relief