Boston, MA -- New England families and individuals who are facing foreclosure or eviction from their homes as a direct result of financial hardship stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks may be eligible for help under a federal program, disaster officials said today.
The FEMA Mortgage and Rental Assistance (MRA) program provides grants to eligible families and individuals to help them meet mortgage or rental payments. To qualify, applicants must have occupied the home as their primary residence at the time of the disaster, and they must have received a written notice of intent to evict or foreclose from their landlord or mortgage holder.
"We urge any eligible resident throughout the six-state New England area who may need this help to apply for it right away," FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. "If people's disaster-related financial hardship continues, we may be able to provide assistance for up to 18 months."
To apply for the MRA program, people must first register with FEMA by calling 1-800-462-9029, or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing or speech impaired. Both lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The deadline is Jan. 10, 2002.
Operators can also provide applicants with information and referrals to programs, resources, and services offered by other agencies and voluntary organizations. Translation services are available to accommodate the needs of all language groups.