Disaster Legal Services

 

The Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) supports the NPG Mission Area of Recovery and the specific capability targets of economic recovery and health and social services. DLS accomplishes this by providing legal assistance to low-income individuals who, prior to or as a result of a Presidentially declared disaster, are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster-related needs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.033
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; J - Provision of Specialized Services
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 12 grants 1,900 disaster survivors. 10 grants 2,100 disaster survivors.
Fiscal Year 2017 12 grants 2,100 disaster survivors.
Fiscal Year 2018 12 grants 3000 disaster survivors.
Authorization
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 416, Public Law 93-288, 42 U.S.C. 5182
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
FEMA enters into a contract with the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division to cover the administrative costs of implementing and managing the Disaster Legal Services program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Disaster Legal Services program provides free legal advice for individuals impacted by a Presidentially-declared major disaster that includes Individual Assistance. Legal advice is limited to cases that do not produce a fee. This free legal advice extends to disaster-related issues including: assistance with insurance claims; counseling on landlord/tenant problems; assistance with home repair contracts; assistance in consumer protection matters; counseling on mortgage foreclosure problems; replacement of wills and other important legal documents; drafting powers of attorney; estate administration; preparation of guardianships and conservatorships; and referrals to local and State agencies for additional assistance.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. FEMA makes a formal request to the National Director of the Disaster Legal Services (DLS) program indicating the intent to implement the DLS program.
Award Procedure
Administrative funds are made available through a contractual agreement as outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement between FEMA and the American Bar Association on behalf of its Young Lawyers Division.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
None.
Appeals
None.
Renewals
None.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The Disaster Legal Services program provides free legal advice for individuals impacted by a Presidentially-declared major disaster that includes Individual Assistance. Legal advice is limited to cases that do not produce a fee. This free legal advice includes assistance with insurance claims; counseling on landlord/tenant problems; assistance with home repair contracts; assistance in consumer protection matters; counseling on mortgage foreclosure problems; replacement of wills and other important legal documents; drafting powers of attorney; estate administration; preparation of guardianships and conservatorships; and referrals to local and State agencies for additional assistance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Refer to Program guidance.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
None.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of the program is generally tied to the need for services and varies with each disaster. Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Headquarters Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Assistance Directorate
500 C Street, SW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20472-3100 US
FEMA-HQ-CSS@dhs.gov
Phone: 202) 646-2500
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0702-0-1-453
Obligations
(Provision of Specialized Services) FY 18$65,000,000.00; FY 19 est $50,000,000.00; FY 20 est $50,000,000.00; FY 17$43,795.00; FY 16$50,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
None.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206.164; and Disaster Legal Services Handbook.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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