HAMPTON, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced new figures on disaster housing assistance to victims of Hurricane Floyd. As of Friday, October 8, 1999, approximately three weeks following major presidential disaster declarations in Virginia, $1,719,296 has been approved, and $1,682,552 of it has been mailed to 1,327 housing assistance applicants, according to state and federal disaster assistance officials.
In the meantime, the search continues for short-term housing for disaster victims whose homes suffered major damage or were completely destroyed by Hurricane Floyd. Many of those victims are staying in hotels while they search for other housing.
When rental resources are not available, FEMA implements the manufactured housing program. In preparation for this program, FEMA has tasked the Corps of Engineers to develop a group site for these manufactured homes. Such temporary housing would be provided only to
eligible applicants whose homes are uninhabitable, and who have not been able to locate other interim housing. These manufactured homes are provided while these applicants are working on their permanent housing plans.
Disaster housing assistance, including temporary housing, rental assistance, and essential home repairs, is provided under FEMA's Individual Assistance program.
To register for disaster assistance, residents are urged to call 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 (for those with speech and hearing impairments) daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Residents who have questions about disaster assistance programs or the status of their applications should call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).