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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 465-06297; Casa de la Cultura
DSR ID# N/A; Eligibility as a Community Center
Citation: FEMA-1239-DR-TX; PA ID 465-06297.
Cross Reference: Tropical Storm Charley; Community Centers
Summary: The August 1998 Tropical Storm Charley inflicted damages to El Casa de la Cultura, a community center facility belonging to El Comit? Cultural del Pueblo, Inc., a Private Nonprofit Corporation registered in Del Rio, Texas. Casa de la Cultura submitted a Request for Public Assistance, which was denied by the Disaster Recovery Manager because the facility did not provide documentation to show that it met the requirements of any of the eligible facilities in 44 CFR 206.221(e). The Regional Director denied the applicant's first appeal for eligibility as an educational facility because the facility did not meet the requirements of an educational facility. The applicant has submitted a second appeal in which it is claiming eligibility as a community center. The documentation accompanying the appeal included a brochure showing sixteen activities that are regularly conducted at the facility. A request made to the State to determine who conducted the activities resulted in the indication that the applicant budgeted and conducted fifteen of the sixteen activities.
Issue: Is Casa de la Cultura eligible for receiving disaster assistance?
Findings: Based on the State's assurance that the community center-type activities conducted in the facility were budgeted and conducted by the applicant, it was determined that the facility is a community center eligible to apply for and receive disaster assistance to repair damages to the facility.
Rationale: 44 CFR 206.221(e) and FEMA's policy.