Legal Aid offers free services to Harvey victims

Nov. 17, 2017 at 8:42 p.m.
Updated Nov. 18, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A branch grows under a roof tarp and inside of Joe Michael Ramirez's house Nov. 2. The 57-year-old's family home was severely damaged in Hurricane Harvey.

A branch grows under a roof tarp and inside of Joe Michael Ramirez's house Nov. 2. The 57-year-old's family home was severely damaged in Hurricane Harvey.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid is offering free services for low-income Hurricane Harvey survivors.

And Legal Aid representatives will be available at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center in Victoria from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

"Our advocacy can help people as they pursue the benefits they need to recover from Hurricane Harvey," said attorney Tracy Figueroa, the Corpus Christi-based manager of Legal Aid's disaster assistance team.

Legal Aid staff and volunteers can help to resolve Federal Emergency Management Agency denials, conflicts between tenants and landlords, lost documents, insurance claim issues and numerous other legal problems.

Since Harvey, the organization has taken calls from more than 3,000 survivors, opened more than 1,400 cases and closed about 900.

Those seeking help are encouraged to call Legal Aid's disaster hotline weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. although messages can be left at any time.


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