Springfield, IL -- Two weeks after President Bush declared a major disaster in Illinois, more than $1.6 million in disaster grants and low-interest loans has been approved for nearly half of the 1,326 Illinois residents who have called to apply for assistance. Residents in a total 68 counties throughout central and southern Illinois may be eligible for disaster assistance.
According to figures released by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the close of business on June 3, the following numbers of people have applied for or received assistance:
- 1,326 Applications have been received (1-800-621-3362)
- 165 Rental assistance grants approved totaling $114,309.00
- 394 Emergency essential repair grants approved totaling $692,946.00
- 5 SBA low-interest loans approved totaling $605,800
- 69 Individual and Family Grants approved, totaling $194,015
Disaster Housing Assistance
Individuals and families whose permanent homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, and are in a declared county may be eligible for Disaster Housing Assistance. This assistance may be used for alternate rental housing, emergency essential repairs to make a residence habitable, or mortgage or rental assistance in cases where the disaster has caused extreme economic hardship. These grants, totaling $807,255, may be just the initial type of assistance that resident may be eligible to receive.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA has issued 407 loan applications to homeowners, renters and business owners. Officials urge applicants to complete their loan application and return it as soon as possible, even if they have not received a final settlement from their insurance company. If the loan application is not returned it will delay other forms of disaster assistance. SBA representatives are available at all Disaster Recovery Centers for applicants who need assistance completing their loan paperwork. The SBA has approved five low-interest disaster loans, totaling $605,800.
IFG Program Meets Serious Disaster-Related Needs
Another $194,015 has also been approved for 69 applicants referred to the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program. Administered by the IEMA, the program provides grants to individuals and families to meet serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance, other federal, state, or voluntary agency disaster assistance programs. FEMA provides 75 percent of the funds for the IFG grants and the state covers the remaining 25 percent.
Toll-Free Application Number Continues to Operate
Individuals, families, and business owners who suffered losses, which occurred between April 21 and May 23 in the 68 declared counties, should apply for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free number, 1 800 621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1 800 462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. These numbers are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Four Disaster Recovery Centers Open Wednesday through Saturday
Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Beardstown, Lawrenceville, Charleston and Springfield for disaster victims to meet face-to-face with representatives from local, state and federal agencies. The centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday (June 5) through Saturday; and are located at:
- Cass County Council on Aging, 116 East 2nd Street, Beardstown
- City Hall Council Chamber, 700 State Street, Lawrenceville ...