Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is still providing free legal help for low-income residents in Terrebonne, Lafourche and Assumption parishes in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Among issues the nonprofit law firm can handle are landlord-tenant problems, disaster food stamp denials, disaster unemployment benefits, contractor fraud, power of attorney and insurance and FEMA disputes.
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Attorney Hannah Adams said the biggest trend the firm has seen recently is helping residents navigate FEMA appeals as well as figuring out next steps with housing. While the agency doesn’t find housing for people, Adams directs residents to the Louisiana Housing Corporation, a state agency, at lhc.la.gov.
“Part of the issue is just that there’s no housing stock. That’s even true here in New Orleans. It’s like people can’t find a new place to rent,” Adams said.
Adams and fellow attorney Lakeitha Bryant have also publicized outreach events in the area. The agency’s Houma office is open for in-person visits, and the group has hired a new attorney focused on disaster-relief cases.
Bryant said the organization will be there to help residents with long-term recovery issues.
“Particularly for our area, we just want people to know we’re here. They can access our services. They can contact our office. We accept applications online, and we will be out doing future outreaches as a result of the hurricane,” Bryant said.
Contact Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at its Houma office at 851-5687 or apply online at slls.org.