Georgia Legal Services Program offers assistance to tornado victims
5:01 pm, May 4th, 2011
Georgia Legal Services Program reports:
Victims of the recent tornadoes that devastated several Georgia counties may call GLSP for free legal assistance. Low-income individuals and families affected by the tornado should be eligible for special federal and state disaster benefits if they live or work in counties declared disaster areas. Those counties inlude: Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Habersham, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Upson, Walker and White.
Special benefits may include unemployment benefits for those whose jobs or businesses were shut down by the disaster. Special food stamp benefits and other assistance may also be available. GLSP may be able to help low-income individuals who are having trouble in the short term getting the help they need with public benefits, landlord-tenant or other housing issues or unemployment benefits. In the longer term, GLSP can help with other legal problems, such as home repair scams, mortgages or other consumer issues, long-term housing and school issues. Individuals in need of legal assistance may contact GLSP’s Piedmont office at (404) 894-7707, (800)-822-5391 or at www.legalaid-ga.org