RALEIGH, N.C. -- Residents of disaster counties who are facing eviction or mortgage foreclosure as a result of Hurricanes Floyd or Irene should see whether they qualify for mortgage and rental assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To qualify for the program, applicants need to prove the following:
- They still live in the residence they lived in before the disaster.
- They can document a substantial reduction in earned income due to the disaster that can be confirmed by FEMA.
- They are unable to make mortgage or rental payments as a result of this lost income and have received formal, written notice of imminent foreclosure or eviction.
Individuals who meet these criteria are eligible, provided they have not already received assistance under other federal housing assistance programs, such as minimal home repair, temporary rental assistance or lodging expense reimbursement.
For more information, call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321. The line is open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (TTY: 1-800-462-7585).
The registration deadline is near. Anyone living in a disaster-declared county who has not yet registered for needed disaster aid should call 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) now. The deadline is five days away - Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.