More Than $28.8 Million In Assistance For Missourians

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Release date: 
June 24, 2003
Release Number: 
1463-64

Springfield, MO -- To date, more than $28.8 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Missourians in response to the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, federal and state disaster officials said today.

The following summarizes disaster assistance efforts to date:

  • Of the $28.8 million approved in grants and low-interest loans for Missourians affected by the May disaster, $3,446,609 is for Housing Assistance grants for minimal home repairs, direct housing, and temporary rental assistance not covered by insurance. Another $3,554,151 in grants has been approved for necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster. This may include medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, moving and storage expenses.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $21,809,800 in low-interest loans to 634 Missourians affected by the disaster. Low-interest loans from the SBA are the primary form of federal disaster assistance for long-term recovery for homeowners, renters and non-farm businesses of all sizes.

  • To date, 6,351 individuals in disaster-declared Missouri counties have called the toll-free registration number, (800) 621-FEMA (3362) and the TTY number 800-462-7585. Applications are taken by phone, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Multi-lingual operators are available. The last day to apply to FEMA for individual disaster assistance is July 7, 2003.

  • To date, 2,968 home inspections have been completed by FEMA inspectors. If an applicant is also being considered for an SBA loan, he or she will receive a second inspection by SBA.

  • More than 3,100 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers that were established throughout Missouri to learn about disaster assistance programs. One center remains open until 6 p.m. Thursday for applicants to meet face to face with recovery specialists or to check on their application. That center is located in the Redeemer Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 1620 Boyd Street in DeSoto. Assistance will still be available at the FEMA teleregistration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired, by pressing option three for the FEMA Helpline.

  • To date, $26,612 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been paid to 70 Missourians who are out of work because of the disaster. The final deadline for filing claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is July 7 for individuals in the following six Missouri counties: Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Iron, Monroe and Phelps. More information is available at local unemployment offices or by calling 800-788-4002.

  • Crisis Counseling services are coordinated by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Those interested in crisis counseling should call 800-494-7355 or 800-811-4760.

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides special tax relief for affected Missouri taxpayers. For more information, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

  • Disaster legal services include assistance with insurance claims, landlord/tenant and other housing problems, home repair contracts, and replacement of legal documents. For...
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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