Today marks the 10th anniversary of the catastrophic BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused countless residents in North Florida to lose income and face what seemed like impossible obstacles. LSNF proudly helped low-income wage-earners and small businesses as they maneuvered the ever-changing claims processes, helping them receive more than $3 million over the past 10 years.
This story is strikingly similar to what we currently see in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. During a crisis, existing challenges are magnified, including those already living without sufficient income to pay the bills. Legal aid is a critical part of addressing the challenges that arise from a crisis. LSNF filled a need to ensure residents affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill were supported 10 years ago and today, LSNF continues to remain open to provide free legal help to those facing legal obstacles like evictions, unemployment, accessing public benefits, IRS tax benefits, and more.
How Can LSNF Help?
LSNF continues to operate through our phone lines and available remote tools to stay in touch with clients and community partners. Those in need of legal help and information can reach LSNF by:
· Calling our office Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. LSNF has a robust centralized phone system and can assist callers through the intake application process over the phone (850-385-9007).
· Go online to www.LSNF.org and click on Request Legal Help to apply online.
· Current clients can continue to reach out to their attorney or legal staff with whom they already communicate. All of our staff are set up to work from home and can receive calls.