Denver, CO -- If you are facing foreclosure or eviction as a result of Colorado's recent wildfires, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be able to provide some relief.
The Mortgage and Rental Assistance program is part of FEMA's temporary Disaster Housing program. Mortgage and rental assistance is designed:
- For those who have suffered documented disaster-related financial hardship, such as lost employment or business income
- For those unable to make their housing payment due to the disaster
- For those who have received a written notice of foreclosure or eviction as a result of financial hardship created by the disaster.
"We know there are people out there who may be facing the loss of their home through foreclosure or eviction because of the financial impact of the fires," said Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Emory. "They should call FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for individuals who are speech- or hearing-impaired to register for disaster assistance. We may be able to help."
Because individuals may not run into financial hardship and receive an eviction or foreclosure notice until months following the disaster, applications for the Mortgage and Rental Assistance program may be filed for up to six months after the June 19 disaster declaration date.
"We don't want anyone to lose their home because the fires or forest and land closures affected their ability to pay the mortgage or rent," said State Coordinating Officer Tommy Grier. " But we can't help unless they call FEMA to register for assistance."