Disaster Relief Services Program

In response to the 2017 wildfires, LASC created our Disaster Relief Services Program. It provides outreach/education, fire rights clinics, and individual representation. We handle insurance, Federal benefits (e.g. FEMA), housing and employment issues, as well as consumer issues.

We currently assist individuals with the following issues:

  • Insurance
  • FEMA Appeals
  • Mediation
  • Contractor and other consumer issues

Read about LASC’s services to fire victims Download the 2019 Disaster Recovery Report

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Actual Stories Of How Disaster Services Helped Fire Victims

KJ’s Story

He was made homeless by the fires. His rental burned down, and he lacked resources to afford a new deposit and rental. When he came to LASC, KJ had been living in his car for 9 months.

He needed benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as he lacked other means to address his losses. LASC helped him obtain the FEMA housing and personal property replacement funds.

FEMA paid for the security deposit for his rental, and he secured future rental payments until April 2019. As a result, KJ was able to move out of his car and into housing.

Bob’s Story

After losing his home in the fire, Bob tragically also lost his mother due to complications of smoke inhalation. Neither Bob nor his mother had insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied Bob’s claim, even though Bob desperately needed their support to recover.

Attorney Kendall Jarvis filed an appeal with FEMA on Bob’s behalf. Both claims were approved. FEMA accepted the appeal and was immediately provided housing, personal property and the funeral expense support to Bob.

Fire Survivors Voices

Sonoma County Man Who Lost an Eye While Firefighting is Denied FEMA Assistance

Sonoma County Fire Survivors Struggle

Refugees from Santa Rosa Mobile Home Park Feel Abandoned

Impact of the Disaster Relief Services Program

The Disaster Relief Program at Legal Aid of Sonoma County has helped hundreds of Sonoma County residents rebuild their homes and lives after the devastating 2017 Northern California Wildfires.

Call LASC if you have questions about your legal rights pertaining to the Wildfire.