FEMA Claims Post-Katrina . Attorney Ranie Thompson Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellows New Orleans Legal Assistance (An Office of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services). Contact Information: New Orleans Legal Assistance (NOLAC) An Office of Southeast La. Legal Services
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Attorney Ranie Thompson
Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellows
New Orleans Legal Assistance
(An Office of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services)
Individual and Household Program
Other Needs Assistance
Robert T. Stafford Act 42 USC 5174 & 44 CFR 206 Subpart D
(a)§408Robert T. Stafford Act has been adopted and implemented by FEMA as part of the regulations governing disaster assistance following federally declared disasters.
(b)44 CFR 206.110 - 119 are the regulations governing FEMA. Subpart D deals with Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households.
(c)Internal policies developed by FEMA. Agency administration continuously develops new and change existing policies throughout the course of the provision of services. Some can be found on the agency website and other advocacy-based sites that monitor FEMA. Most are not published and we only learned from them via helpline workers.
KNOW THE LAW AND LINGO
EX. Termination without notice because of alleged recoupment/overpayment.
When to apply?
Who can get help?
Flood Bar rule
Making your case
Duplication of Benefits
Eligibility for Rental Assistance – Continued Need for Assistance
Duplication of Benefits
Eligibility for Rental Assistance
Recovery of Funds…
(a)The applicant must agree to repay to FEMA (when funds are provided by FEMA) and/or the State (when funds are provided by the State) from insurance proceeds or recoveries from any other source an amount equivalent to the value of the assistance provided. In no event must the amount repaid to FEMA and/or the State exceed the amount that the applicant recovers from insurance or any other source.
(b)An applicant must return funds to FEMA and/or the State (when funds are provided by the State) when FEMA and/or the State determines that the assistance was provided erroneously, that the applicant spent the funds inappropriately, or that the applicant obtained the assistance through fraudulent means.
Where can you find help?