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Legal Aid to host clinics for those affected by Tropical Storm Fred

Legal Aid of North Carolina is helping those recovering from the catastrophic flooding that occurred in August 2021 through free disaster legal services and clinics.  

Legal Aid will host clinics in October to assist those affected by Tropical Storm Fred. Storm survivors interested in Legal Aid’s services should call 866.219.5262, ext. 2657 to learn more about how Legal Aid may be able to help and schedule an appointment for an upcoming clinic.

Legal Aid may be able to help with accessing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration or the Office of State Budget and Management. Storm survivors may face fraudulent contractors and suppliers, tax issues, home ownership/heir property questions and the need for wills and advanced directives.

In June, the Legal Services Corporation announced that it would award $4.35 million to Legal Aid to support the delivery of legal services to low-income people impacted by Tropical Storm Fred, Hurricane Isaias, Tropical Storm Eta and other severe weather events the state faced in 2020 and 2021. The new grant funds will be used to continue to provide disaster legal services to multiple areas of the state, including Western North Carolina.

Those interested in Legal Aid’s disaster recovery services are encouraged to attend an upcoming event. Call 866.219.5262, ext. 2657 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

The events scheduled in October include:

• Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 to 5 p.m., Cruso Community Center 

• Monday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fines Creek Library 

• Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Transylvania County Library

• Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cruso United Methodist Church

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