Philadelphia, PA -- Within two weeks after President Bush declared Montgomery and Bucks counties disaster areas for the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Allison over 1,000 eligible applicants will receive Disaster Housing, Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, and Individual and Family Grant (IFG) program checks totaling over $3.5 million.
- Disaster Housing - 1046 Approved - $2.2 million
- Individual and Family Grant Program - 90 Approved - $291 thousand
- SBA Individual and Business Loans - 28 Approved - $1.1 million
While there are many programs that people affected by the flooding might be eligible for the Disaster Housing Program provides some of assistance for nearly everyone displaced from their primary residence due to the disaster in the designated counties.
The Disaster Housing Program can provide financial assistance to eligible applicants for:
- TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS REIMBURSEMENT-a check to reimburse the cost of short-term lodging, such as hotel rooms, incurred due to damage to a home or for an official evacuation announcement.
- HOME REPAIR ASSISTANCE-a check to help you make, or reimburse you for, minimum repairs to bring your home to a habitable condition based on structural damage, as determined by a FEMA inspection.
- RENTAL ASSISTANCE-a rental check for pre-disaster household occupants for temporary housing. The amount is based on established fair market rent in your area. Renters may be eligible for up to two months and owners three months.
There are eligibility conditions for these and other assistance programs. However, most people who could not live in their primary residence due to the disaster are likely to be eligible for some help in meeting disaster related temporary housing expenses.
A call to the FEMA toll-free teleregistration number, 1-800-462-9029, is all that is required to start the application process. Operators are taking applications from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For hearing and speech impaired please call the TDD number, 1-800 462-7585.