¿Está usted sin trabajo POR el Huracán Irma?

  • ¿Fue su negocio o el negocio de su empleador dañado por el huracán de manera que usted no puede trabajar?
  • ¿Perdió usted su trabajo, o no pudo comenzar un nuevo trabajo, porque el huracán dañó su casa o vehículo?
  • ¿No puede usted trabajar debido a lesiones causadas por el huracán?
  • ¿Se convirtió usted en el principal apoyo para su hogar debido a la muerte de su pareja, quien estaba trabajando antes del huracán, a causa del desastre?

Personas quienes no son elegibles para beneficios regulares de desempleo, como propietarios de pequeñas empresas, personas que trabajan por cuenta propia, personas trabajando por comisión, agricultores, granjeros y leñadores pueden ser elegibles.  Personas que han sido lesionadas y no pueden buscar trabajo también podrían ser elegibles para beneficios de desempleo de desastre. Personas quienes no pueden llegar a su lugar de trabajo pueden ser elegibles.


¡Actúe ahora! El plazo para los afectados por el Huracán Irma en los condados de Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty y McIntosh es el jueves, 19 de octubre, 2017.

Solicite en su Oficina local del Departamento de Labor de Georgia o por el internet en la www.dol.georgia.gov .  Para localizar la oficina más cercana, llame al número gratuito del Departamento de Labor: 1-877-709-8185. Las ubicaciones para los condados afectados son las siguientes:

Camden: Kings Bay Career Center, 406 Osborne St., St. Mary’s, GA 31558

Chatham: Savannah Career Center, 5520 White Bluff Rd., Savannah, GA 31405

Glynn/McIntosh: Brunswick Career Center, 2517 Tara Ln., Brunswick, GA 31520.

Liberty: Hinesville Career Center, 740 General Stewart Way, Suite 202, Hinesville, GA 31313

Usted necesitará su número de Seguro Social para solicitar.  Si trabaja por su propia cuenta, usted necesitará información sobre sus ingresos del año pasado.  Si ocurrió una muerte, tendrá que proveer comprobante tal como un acta de defunción.

Si tiene una buena razón para solicitar después de la fecha límite, puede que todavía pueda obtener  BENEFICIOS DE DESEMPLEO POR DESASTRE. ¡SOLICITE AHORA!

Si se rechaza su reclamo, llame al Programa de Servicios Legales de Georgia para ayuda legal al (800) 498-9469.

Trabajadores Agrícolas pueden llamar a la División de Derechos de Trabajador Agrícola en Atlanta al (800) 537-7496.

Are you out of work BECAUSE OF Hurricane Irma?

  • Was your own business or your employer’s business damaged by the hurricane so that you could not work?
  • Did you lose your job, or were you unable to start a new job, because the hurricane damaged your home or car?
  • Are you unable to work due to injuries caused by the hurricane?
  • Did you become the major support for your household because of the disaster-related death of a spouse who was working before the hurricane?

People who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits, like small business owners, self-employed persons, persons working on commission, farmers, farmworkers, and loggers, may be eligible.  People who have been injured and are not able to seek work may also be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits. People who are not able to reach their workplace may be eligible.


The deadline for those affected by Hurricane Irma who live or work or your employer is based in Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty & McIntosh counties is Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Apply at your local Georgia Department of Labor Office or online at www.dol.georgia.gov .  To locate the nearest office, call the Department of Labor’s toll-free number:  1-877-709-8185. The locations for the affected counties are as follows:

Camden: Kings Bay Career Center, 406 Osborne St., St. Mary’s, GA 31558
Chatham: Savannah Career Center, 5520 White Bluff Rd., Savannah, GA 31405
Glynn/McIntosh: Brunswick Career Center, 2517 Tara Ln., Brunswick, GA 31520.
Liberty: Hinesville Career Center, 740 General Stewart Way, Suite 202, Hinesville, GA 31313

You will need your Social Security number to apply.  If self-employed, you will need information about last year’s earnings.  If a death occurred, you will need to provide proof such as a death certificate.

If you have a good reason for applying past the deadline, you may still be able to get DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. APPLY NOW!

If your claim is denied, call Georgia Legal Services Program for legal help at (800) 498-9469.

Farmworkers can call GLSP’s Farmworker Rights Division in Atlanta at (800) 537-7496.

Download this text as a flyer by clicking here.

State Policy Change Impacts Food Stamps

Because  of changes in policy, SNAP (food stamp) benefits may be reduced.  This general reduction is not based on a change in your income or circumstances, but in state policy. If you have monthly medical bills over $185 and have a disabled or senior person in your household or over $354 in utility bills, you can ask for a re-calculation of your individual SNAP (food stamp) budget at DFCS.  You must be able to provide  verification.

Replacement Food Stamps Available for Recipients Impacted by Hurricane

People receiving SNAP benefits or food stamps that lost power during Hurricane Irma can receive replacement food stamps for the food lost because of the storm. MUST APPLY BY OCT. 2. You can apply by filling out this form and turning it in to your local DFCS office*. Download a flyer with more info by clicking here.

Más información en Español está disponible aquí.

Learn more here: https://dfcs.georgia.gov/food-stamp-benefits-replacement

*Some offices may still be closed due to the storm. Find out about office closures on the DFCS Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GADFCS/


School-to-Prison Pipeline Town Hall to Offer Advice for Students, Families

A “Keep Youth in School” workshop will take place on Sept. 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta, Ga. The event is free and open to the public. Parents, students, community groups, advocates, and others interested in helping to prevent the school-to-prison pipeline but keeping kids in school are encouraged to attend.

Importantly, attendees at this event will learn about the rights students have in school, juvenile court, and detention. Speakers from Georgia Legal Services Program, the Southern Center for Human Rights, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, and the Truancy Intervention Project will present data on the school-to-prison pipeline in Atlanta and students’ rights in situations where they face suspension or expulsion.

              What: Keep Youth in School Workshop

                        When: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta, Ga.

For more information, contact Ira Foster, general counsel at Georgia Legal Services Program, at ifoster@glsp.org.


GLSP Press Statement on Federally Funded Health Care

1.7 million people in Georgia received Medicaid coverage as of April this year—and the majority of them are children. That’s 17 percent of the state’s population, or nearly one in five people. Georgia spent less in Medicaid expenditures on each enrollee than the national average—$3,916 versus the $5,563 spent nationally. Because of this, under the Senate-proposed healthcare bill, Georgia likely would have received a lower per capita amount than states that expanded Medicaid or spent more per person.

If the fallout from Congress’ not-yet-determined decision on health care results in cuts to Medicaid, how will the state decide who can’t receive that assistance?

Will it be the 69-year-old intellectually and physically disabled woman who is only able to remain in her home by receiving home and community-based services provided with Medicaid funds? Without those services this woman, whose case is like so many of the clients I represent, would be required to live in a nursing home, which she could not afford on her $760 Social Security retirement income.

Or will the state deny someone like 65-year-old Mr. Jones, who was recently approved for Nursing Home Medicaid, when his dementia makes him unable to live safely independently in the community? Mr. Jones draws Social Security benefits of $1,023 per month and pays $973 per month to the nursing home–leaving him $50 to pay for essentials not provided by the facility. Medicaid pays approximately $4,300 per month for his care.

Or perhaps a five-year-old severely disabled child will be denied the Medicaid assistance that allows her to receive nursing services in her home while her parents work? Shall the parents stop working to provide for the child’s round-the-clock care, or should the child be placed in an institution?

These examples all represent cases that have been handled by Georgia Legal Services Program in the past and likely will be in the future. They represent the very difficult choices that Georgia will have to make in the coming years if significant cuts to Medicaid are made.

GLSP Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June is elder abuse awareness month. Our attorneys were featured in the media to speak out about the prevalence of elder abuse, and ways Georgia Legal Services Program can help seniors.

Robert Bush, a supervising attorney in Savannah, was on the statewide Georgia Public Broadcasting’s morning radio show, On Second Thought. Listen to the segment on the GPB website here.

Tomieka Daniel, managing attorney in Macon, wrote the below op-ed published in Elijay’s Times-Courier:

An estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are abused or neglected each year, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

 “I regularly see elderly clients that are taken advantage of by their loved ones or others around them—their homes taken, finances threatened, emotional well-being shattered. People don’t realize how at risk elderly people really are,” says Tomieka R. Daniel, Managing Attorney in the Georgia Legal Services office in Macon.

Elders who are abused are twice as likely to be hospitalized, four times as likely to go into nursing homes and three times as likely to die, according to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “While most abusers are family members, trusted professionals and complete strangers may also target older adults,” a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day press statement states.

At Georgia Legal Services our attorneys help seniors protect themselves against such abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise. We’ve assisted with temporary protective orders to create safe environments for elderly clients in abusive situations. We’ve helped with evictions from apartments and nursing homes.  And we’ve saved clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debts by enrolling them in the healthcare insurance programs.

In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we at Georgia Legal Services want to make it known that we’re here to help. For more information, call 1-800-498-9469 or apply online at www.glsp.org. . To report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an older adult, please call 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464) – Press “3”. For help with benefits, including Medicaid or food stamps, call our Benefits Hotline at 1-888-632-6332.



Fact Sheet: Cuts To Medicaid Would Harm Georgia

The changes to Medicaid that Congress is currently considering would have a significant impact on our clients. Medicaid funding is essential to delivering care in rural areas. The National Health Law Program and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families put together this fact sheet outlining the effects such changes would have on Georgia. (Citations are included in the attachment.)

Here are a few highlights:

Medicaid caps

  1. Cuts to Medicaid will jeopardize Georgia’s ability to provide health care to children, seniors, and people with disabilities. The proposed caps under the AHCA would effectively cut $4 billion of federal funding for Georgia over a ten-year period, shifting these costs to the state.
  2. Caps on Medicaid funding would blow a hole in Georgia’s budget. Georgia’s Medicaid budget relies heavily on federal funding, comprising 49.2% of total federal funds to the state. Federal funding of Medicaid frees up state funding for schools, workforce development, transportation, and public safety.
  3. Priority health initiatives in Georgia are at risk if Medicaid funding is capped. Medicaid funding is essential to delivering care in rural areas.  Medicaid funding helps people who need long term care, like seniors and people with disabilities, stay in their homes and communities and out of nursing facilities. Medicaid funding allows 968,300 women and girls in Georgia to obtain the health care they need throughout their lives. Medicaid is the primary source of funding for treatment services for people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.


Bringing To Light a Costly Error for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

This year, like last year, we put together a public service announcement about a recurring DFCS computer glitch that kicks seniors and disabled Georgians off of Medicare Savings Programs. DFCS computers can’t update their systems with the annual cost-of-living adjustments until April.  This means that people who get help paying their Medicare premiums receive notices that their assistance will be cut off because their incomes are suddenly too high. DFCS reports that they manually update their files, but this leaves our clients frightened by the erroneous notices and at risk of believing they are no longer eligible and losing the benefit altogether.

Last year our public service announcement turned into an Augusta Chronicle article. We had at least 30 seniors call in one day for help.  In addition, some seniors who were unaware of the benefit at all find out about these programs from the public service announcement and enroll for the first time with our help.

This year the announcement was posted in papers across the state and mentioned on Georgia Public Broadcasting, which has coverage statewide. A 95-year-old woman read our notice in the Greensboro Herald Journal in a small town of 3,500. Prior to reading our article, she did not know she was eligible for the Medicare Savings Program-but after calling our Benefits Hotline, we helped her enroll in that benefit, which will save her over $5600 per year, as well as food stamp assistance.

Fran Montelaro is the Benefits Hotline paralegal who helped this client, who Fran remembers being “extremely humbled and excited” upon finding out about this program. “For me, it means speaking to someone as if she would be me at 95 years old and being treated with kindness and empathy.” Fran was recently referred to at a national aging conference in DC as the “client whisperer” because of her extraordinary abilities to relate to and solve her clients’ problems.