PA ID# xxx-xxxxx; Economic Development Unit
DSR ID# xxxx; Request for Public Assistance
Citation: FEMA 1603-DR-LA, Economic Development Unit (EDU)
Cross-reference: Request for Public Assistance (RPA)
Summary: FEMA did not accept EDUs RPA because it was submitted 274 days after the March 1, 2006, extended deadline. In a letter dated September 27, 2007, the Regional Administrator denied the first appeal because EDU did not demonstrate extenuating circumstances for the delayed application. In addition, the Regional Administrator determined that EDU did not provide the type of services that would make it eligible for Public Assistance. EDU submitted its second appeal on February 25, 2008, stating plausible reason for its lack of timeliness. EDU initially contacted FEMA in February 2006. The FEMA representatives informed EDU to first apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and wait for an SBA determination before applying for a FEMA Public Assistance Grant. Later, SBA denied EDUs loan application and indicated that it was referring EDUs application to FEMA for long-term disaster recovery needs. EDU made multiple attempts to locate its referred application and finally contacted the State of Louisiana Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. EDU stated that since the its Articles of Incorporation state that EDU exists to develop and expand the social service delivery systems of Total Community Action, Inc. (TCA), the activities of TCA should be considered eligible. Issues: 1. Has EDU demonstrated that it initiated the application process within the
2. Has EDU demonstrated that it meets eligibility criteria for a community center?
Findings: 1. Yes.
2. Yes. Rationale: 44 CFR §§ 206.202(c) and 206.202 (f)(2); Response and Recovery Policy 9521.1, Community Center Eligibility, dated August 11, 1998; FEMA 321, Public Assistance Policy Digest, dated October 2001, page 93