NEW CASTLE, Del. -- Checks totaling more than $700,000 have been approved for survivors of Hurricane Floyd in New Castle County. This amount includes $299,790 from FEMA for disaster housing and $381,600 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest loans. Another $20,000 is being disbursed by the Individual and Family Grant program, which is managed by the state of Delaware.
Some recipients of checks following Hurricane Floyd may be unclear about how the check is to be used. A letter of explanation follows or precedes the issuance of all checks.
Checks may come from one of three sources:
- If you receive a check from the U. S. Treasury, it is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster housing. A housing check for repairs can only be used for repairs and is not intended to restore a damaged home to its pre-disaster condition; rather, FEMA funding is intended to return the home to a safe and habitable condition. A check for temporary rental assistance can only be used for rental assistance and is based on the fair market rates in your area to rent a place for your pre-disaster household to live. Applicants who must remain in temporary housing for a longer period than the check covers may request more assistance until their home can be re-occupied or other permanent housing arrangements can be made.
- If you receive a check from the state of Delaware, it is for the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) program, which is a federal/state cost-shared program whose purpose is to provide funds for the necessary expenses and serious needs of disaster victims that cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or through other means such as insurance.
- If you receive a check from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it is to fund a low-interest loan made by the SBA for home repairs, business losses or economic injury. Thursday is the last day for people who sustained losses or damage as a result of the recent flooding and wind-driven rain during Hurricane Floyd to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Wilmington, federal and state disaster recovery officials said today.
Although the full Disaster Recovery Center will close on Thursday, Oct. 7, FEMA and SBA representatives will remain at the site until Oct. 14 to answer questions about disaster assistance programs.
Hours of operation will remain Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m; Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Residents who sustained damages or losses should continue to register for assistance by calling toll-free 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). FEMA's Helpline number, for questions other than registration is 1-800-525-0321 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day.
Registering with the American Red Cross, whose representatives are in the DRC, should not be confused with registering for assistance with FEMA. This requires two separate registrations.