The President has approved a declaration of disaster for the state of Florida.  This meas that FEMA assistance, disaster legal services and D-SNAP will be authorized in the hours and days to come.  

This page will provide you with current information about available national and state disaster benefits as well as resources in the state of Florida.  In the meantime, learn about your rights regarding legal issues that can arise after a disaster in Florida. 

Up-to-Date Hurricane Irma News and Info

Legal Help and Florida Disaster Benefits  

  • FEMA extends TSA to January 6 for Florida. On Friday, December 1, FEMA issued a news release stating that Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida receiving Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) may get an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. Eligibility is extended from December 3 to January 6, with hotel checkout on January 7. Participants in the program will receive a phone call regarding their eligibility for the extension. Hurricane Irma survivors who may be eligible but are not currently in the program are notified automatically.

  • Applying for Extension of Rental Assistance. People registered with FEMA and receiving rental assistance through the Individual and Households Program (IHP) may be eligible to apply for continued rental assistance. Rental assistance extensions run for three-month periods not to exceed 18 months from the date of the disaster declaration as long as the household remains eligible.

  • Florida’s Disaster Legal Services hotline number, which is run by the YLD of the FL Bar, is 866-550-2929

  • Free Legal Answers Online from Florida Pro Bono Attorneys

  • National Disaster Legal Aid Hurricane Irma website

Disaster Hotlines

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Hurricane Irma - Legal Help, Benefits, and Hotlines

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