Why I am donating to legal services in Houston

Legal aid after a disaster – essential services, in need of funding

Photo of an office building with fire shooting out of the windows and black smoke in the air.

Lone Star Legal Aid’s Houston office was destroyed by an explosion and fire.

Like so many of you, the OneJustice team has been watching the painful news from Houston and other areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The devastation is heart-stopping, and we are holding everyone in the region in our hearts and thoughts.

We are also taking action to support our colleagues in the legal aid and access to justice community there – and to fund their work, which will be needed now more than ever.

As you know, legal aid nonprofits provide vital services aimed at removing barriers to basic necessities – including access to safe and stable housing, medical care, food, and even clean water.  After a natural disaster, these services become even more essential.  In addition, these nonprofits often provide assistance with the FEMA benefits process for victims.  And they do this work during periods when their own staff, buildings, and volunteers are also in crisis.

The  legal aid and access to justice networks in Texas and now Louisiana is rallying to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities.  And they need our support.  That’s why we wanted to provide the OneJustice network with the updates and donation options.  You already bring justice where it is needed more throughout California – and now we can all do the same for Texas and Louisiana.  Thank you.

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation has created a special fund to receive donations to fund Disaster Legal Aid to survivors of Hurricane Harvey.  Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund here online.

  • There are also additional resources in the online National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center (a collaboration of Lone Star Legal Aid, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Pro Bono Net, Legal Services Corporation and American Bar Association)

 

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