Need assistance with:
|Can I get unemployment aid if I cannot work because of the storm?
Maybe. There are 2 kinds of unemployment aid:
You may qualify for regular unemployment if:
You may not qualify if:
If you are disqualified, you will no longer get unemployment and may not qualify in the future.
How do I apply for regular unemployment?
Go to your local Employment Services Office. Tell them you want to apply for unemployment. You will have to register for work and wait one week.
You may qualify for disaster unemployment if, because of the disaster:
You may not qualify if you are eligible for regular unemployment assistance.
How do I apply for disaster unemployment?
If you were self-employed before the disaster, you will need a copy of your most recent income tax records.
How long can I get unemployment?
You can usually get regular unemployment aid for up to 26 weeks.
You can get disaster unemployment for up to 26 weeks.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about disaster unemployment:
To learn more about regular unemployment:
|If you are already receiving SNAP:
You may qualify for replacement SNAP benefits if a disaster, like a fire, flood or power outage, destroyed your food or made it unsafe to eat.
If you are not already receiving SNAP:
You may qualify for Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits if where you live was declared a disaster area by the President.
If you apply for replacement SNAP or D-SNAP and are denied, you may appeal (in writing) to the office where you applied.
What is the difference between “expedited” SNAP benefits and “emergency” SNAP benefits?
“Expedited” SNAP benefits are regular SNAP benefits that families who are eligible based on their income receive more quickly than usual (within one week of applying).
Disaster or “emergency” SNAP benefits are short-term disaster benefits for people in certain areas who are not eligible under normal rules, but who now need food aid because they have lost income or other financial resources because of the disaster.
What can I do if I lost my EBT card in the disaster?
Call the EBT Customer Service number in your state and ask for another card.
If you had to move because of the disaster, you must give them your new address.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about food aid for disaster relief:
|I lost my driver’s license and other photo ID. How can I prove who I am?
Many agencies will accept your word when you apply for disaster relief. Others will help you get the proof you need. You should also get a replacement driver’s license or ID.
How do I get a replacement driver’s license or ID card?
To get a replacement driver’s license or identification (ID) card, fill out an application. You can go to any DMV office or apply online at your county’s department of motor vehicles website.
Do I have to pay for a replacement license or ID?
You might. Check to see if your state has a fee.
Where can I get more information about proving my identity?
Contact the office that issues driver’s licenses in your county:
How do I find a Social Security office near me?
Visit the Social Security Administration website or call the Social Security hotline: 1-800-772-1213
What if I lost my Social Security card?
Go to a Social Security office, or complete Form SS-5 “Application for a Social Security Card” online (opens PDF).
Social Security will ask for proof of your identity. If you were born outside the U.S., you must show proof of your U.S. citizenship or current lawful immigration status. You can show them your:
What if I don’t have any of those documents?
If you can’t get a replacement ID within 10 work days, Social Security may accept other documents that show your legal name and personal information, such as your:
How do I prove my young child’s identity?
Social Security may accept:
What if I’m not a U.S. citizen?
You must show Social Security your current U.S. immigration document(s) and your foreign passport with personal information and photo.
Hawaiʻi Document Replacement
View this PDF handout (compiled as a resource by the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Hawaii County Bar Association, the HSBA Young Lawyers Division, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii with support from the Hawaii Community Foundation) for Hawaii-specific information regarding document replacement after a disaster.
|My home was damaged in a disaster. How do I get money from my insurance company?
What can I do to prepare for the insurance adjuster?
Do I need to submit any documents?
What if I have to move out of my house?
What if my insurance claim is denied?
|My house was damaged and I need a contractor. How do I find a good one?
What should be in my contract?
Your written agreement should include:
Before you sign the contract, ask a lawyer to read it.
What if I change my mind about the contractor?
How should I pay the contractor?
What if I have a problem with the contractor?
What if talking to the contractor doesn’t work?
*Information provided by Transcend and Jessica Limbacher, Esq. of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice NJ