Warminster, PA -- Federal and state disaster recovery programs have disbursed more than $8.7 million to residents of Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties to date.
"Checks for disaster housing have gone out to nearly 1,500 eligible homeowners, and renters affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Allison," said Pete Martinasco, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery.
The breakdown is as follows:
- $3 million in disaster housing grants for short-term rental needs and to make minimal home repairs.
- $5.2 million for 200 disaster loans made by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Under a disaster declaration, the SBA makes loans for homeowners and renters, as well as businesses of all sizes.
- $538,000 in grants from the Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG), which is funded 75 percent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 25 percent by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
"The IFG provides a safety net for people who have exhausted all other means of assistance and still have serious and necessary needs not met by other disaster assistance programs," said Karen Critchfield, commonwealth coordinating officer.
"Individual and Family Grants are available only if an applicant has been denied a disaster loan by the SBA, so you do need to fill out the SBA loan application you receive by mail," Critchfield said.
President Bush's June 21 disaster declaration made homeowners, renters and business owners in three counties eligible for disaster assistance. To register, call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-462-9029 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.