LUPE Members May Be Eligible For Benefits Under FEMA Ruling


Tracy Figueroa, TRLA  361-888-0282
John-Michael Torres, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) 956-534-0267,

April 20, 2017, MERCEDES, Texas – People who were members of the community organization La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in 2008 may be eligible for money or benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This relief is the result of a recent decision by a federal court in Brownsville, Texas. In 2008, LUPE and individual homeowners filed suit against FEMA after the agency denied the disaster assistance applications of thousands of homeowners whose houses were damaged by Hurricane Dolly. In February 2017, after an eight-year legal battle, the Court ruled in favor of LUPE and against FEMA. Now LUPE members from 2008 may be eligible for money or benefits if they or someone in their household applied for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Dolly. LUPE and the homeowners are represented by attorneys from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., (TRLA) including Jerome Wesevich. Based in Mercedes, TRLA is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to more than 20,000 people annually.

To determine eligibility for benefits, LUPE members should call TRLA toll-free at 866- 757-1570 no later than June 1, 2017.