Assemblyman arranges for volunteer lawyers to help with FEMA applications

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) has arranged for a team of lawyers and law students to come to the community to provide help with FEMA forms and to listen to residents’ legal concerns resulting from Sandy.

The attorneys, volunteers from the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. and students from Brooklyn Law School, will provide their free service at the Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, between Avenue V and Gravesend Neck Road, today, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

They will also provide assistance with replacement food stamps, landlord/tenant issues, small business relief and other storm-related legal issues. Resource materials will be provided.

“I want to thank the volunteers from the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. and students from Brooklyn Law School for caring enough about our community to share their knowledge and skills,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.

Applicants are asked to have the following information with them when they apply: Social Security number, current and pre-disaster address, telephone number where they can be reached, insurance information, total household annual income, routing and account number from their bank (if they want direct deposit of benefits), and description of losses.

“Our community has pulled together to help one another during this extremely trying period of dealing with the devastation. Now, we must focus on helping our neighbors rebuild their lives and homes. No one, no community can accomplish this alone,” Cymbrowitz added.