COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nine days after the May 17 Colorado Presidential disaster declaration, nearly $500,000 in disaster housing assistance has been approved for households damaged by severe storms and flooding that began April 29, state and federal disaster recovery officials said today.
Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Logan of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said, "We have approved $487,075 in disaster housing assistance for 347 households in the five counties of Bent, El Paso, Larimer, Otero, Weld and declared eligible for Individual Assistance programs."
State Coordinating Officer Tommy Grier of the Colorado Office of Emergency Management said, "Disaster assistance is continuing to flow into the disaster stricken counties. The State and FEMA are working in close partnership and cooperation to administer quick, compassionate and effective disaster assistance to those found eligible for help."
Both urge those who have damages, but who have not yet applied for help, to call the FEMA toll-free telephone number - 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) and register for assistance. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
FEMA disaster housing grants provided two types of assistance. Rental assistance may be available to owners or tenants whose homes were destroyed or substantially damaged to provide adequate housing while repairs are being made. Disaster Home Repair grants may be available to homeowners for emergency repairs to make the living space in their homes livable.
For those who have registered with FEMA and now have questions about their status is the assistance process or other issues, FEMA and the State of Colorado have established the toll free Helpline - 1-800-525-0321 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.