Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program

Equal Justice Works is currently conducting an expedited needs assessment survey to understand the legal needs of low-income communities affected by disaster in Colorado and California.

The objective of this survey is to collect information from legal service providers in Colorado and California (those in California that did NOT previously respond to Equal Justice Works’ 2020 Disaster Needs Assessment) on the current need and their capacity to provide disaster legal services, in order to understand whether and how Equal Justice Works may help support the response of local service providers through the Disaster Resilience Program. Once we have the survey results, we will determine what program strategy will be most effective and responsive, and, based on our findings and available funding, may reach back out to your organization with a request for proposal to host a Disaster Resilience Program Fellow. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this legal needs assessment survey on behalf of your organization. Please forward this survey to your colleagues in Colorado and California that might also be interested in hosting Fellows and can assist in this request. The survey will close on May 28, 2021.
Only one survey per organization please.

Note: For purposes of this assessment COVID-19 is considered a disaster. Equal Justice Works defines a disaster as a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material, and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community’s or society’s ability to cope using its own resources. Though often caused by nature, disasters can have human origins.

About Equal Justice Works
Since 2005, Equal Justice Works has mobilized over 80 passionate public service Fellows to provide critical legal assistance to individuals affected by disaster, including tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and Norman, Oklahoma; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Laura, and Hanna; Superstorm Sandy in New York; the BP oil spill in the Gulf; flooding in Louisiana; Tropical Storm Imelda; and  most recently COVID-19 and Winter Storm Uri.

Our track record proves that Equal Justice Works is experienced in mobilizing legal talent and providing funds for Fellowships, substantive training, and expertise to help build the capacity of local legal service providers to respond effectively to the needs of disaster-affected communities. In 2020, Equal Justice Works established the Disaster Resilience Program as a standing program mobilizing Fellows to continually address the critical legal needs that low-income communities face before, during, and after a disaster including COVID-19.

As we continue to expand this program and mobilize Fellows across the country. Your assistance in this survey could help bring Fellows to your area!

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