¿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.

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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.

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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.

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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/


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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.


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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.

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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.


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ACLU of Georgia Files Brief on Behalf of GLSP Client

In an amicus brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on behalf of a Georgia Legal Services Program client, the ACLU joins GLSP in defending students’ rights in schools.

See below an excerpt about this case from the ACLU:

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Georgia have filed a brief in the Georgia Supreme Court defending students’ due process rights and challenging “zero tolerance” policies that feed into the school-to-prison pipeline.

The brief was filed on behalf of “S.G.,” a high school student who defended herself in a fight on school grounds.  The Henry County Board of Education expelled S.G. from school without giving her the opportunity to assert a defense for her actions.

“Students shouldn’t be deprived of their right to an education – a right guaranteed by the Georgia Constitution – without due process of law, including the right to argue self-defense,” said ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young. “The ACLU of Georgia is dedicated to combating the school-to-prison pipeline and challenging the unjust school policies that feed it.”

S.G., a client of Georgia Legal Services Program, lost her appeals to the Henry County Board of Education and the Georgia Board of Education, but won her appeal in the Superior Court, which found that S.G. was justified in using force because she acted in self-defense. This holding was affirmed by the Georgia Court of Appeals.  The Henry County Board of Education has appealed the ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court.

The ACLU brief argues that schools must provide students with due process before depriving them of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to education, including an opportunity to assert that they acted in self-defense, which is the same defense that is available to adults in other contexts.  Furthermore, Georgia law makes clear that a student who defends herself in a fight or steps in to break up a fight has not broken a school rule.

“Zero-tolerance policies like the one adopted by the Henry County Board of Education funnel a disproportionate number of minority students into the school-to-prison pipeline and fail to make schools safer,” said ACLU of Georgia Legal Director Sean J. Young. “We urge the Court to affirm the decision by the Court of Appeals and protect students’ rights to due process and equal protection.”

To read the full article about the brief click here.

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