NLIHC Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Suit against FEMA on Behalf of Disaster Survivors in Texas

The Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of NLIHC, the Mississippi Center for Justice, SBP (formerly known as the St. Bernard Project), and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (Texas Housers), four nonprofit organizations assisting and advocating for survivors of natural disasters in 2015 and 2016. The brief supports a suit filed by Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 26 disaster survivors whose homes were damaged in the storms. 

The amicus brief argues that FEMA is violating the “due process” clause of the Administrative Procedure Act by lacking an adequate appeals process for survivors deemed ineligible for individual assistance. The brief also argues that FEMA has inconsistent standards for granting or denying claims.

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