ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than $3 million in housing assistance has been issued to New York victims of Tropical Storm Floyd, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.
To date, 1,524 disaster housing assistance grants totaling $2,828,832 have been approved for temporary housing needs. The housing grants are emergency funds to cover costs of emergency repairs to make a home livable or temporary rental payments until people can move back into their homes.
In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved 18 loans totaling $448,300 for homeowners and renters whose property was damaged by Floyd. The loans cover repair or replacement of property not covered by insurance. The SBA also has approved 14 loans totaling $1,683,500 for businesses affected by Floyd.
"In some cases, people who received payments by direct deposit into their bank accounts may not even be aware they have the money," said Marianne C. Jackson, FEMA's federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery.
In registering for assistance at FEMA's toll-free line, 1-800-462-9029, applicants are asked if they want direct deposit of any grant they qualify for. The money may go into the bank before a follow-up letter arrives in the mailbox.
"Direct deposit works well because it's faster and there is no chance of a check going astray or being stolen," Jackson said. "But people need to check their accounts to see if they've received the money."
People who have already applied for assistance can ask for direct deposit by calling FEMA's Helpline at 1-800-525-0321.