Springfield, MO -- More than $30.2 million in disaster assistance grants and low-interest loans have been approved for Missourians in response to the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, federal and state disaster officials said today. The last day to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for individual disaster assistance is Monday, July 7.
The following summarizes disaster assistance efforts to date:
- To date, 6,455 individuals and business owners in disaster-declared
Missouri counties have called the toll-free application number, 800-621-FEMA
(3362) and the special TTY number, 800-462-7585,
for the speech or hearing-impaired. These phones lines will be available
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, but will be closed on
the Friday, July 4th holiday. Multi-lingual operators are available
- Of the $30.2 million approved in grants
and low-interest loans for 3,865 Missourians affected by the May disaster,
$3,626,373 is for Housing Assistance grants
for minimal home repairs, direct housing, and temporary rental assistance
not covered by insurance. Another $3,714,408
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 $22,897,300
in low-interest loans to 670 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, FEMA inspectors have completed 3,131 home inspections. If
an applicant is also being considered for an SBA loan, he or she will
receive a second inspection by SBA.
- To date, $ 33,459 in Disaster Unemployment
Assistance has been paid to 75 Missourians who are out of work because
of the disaster. The final deadline for filing claims for Disaster Unemployment
Assistance is Monday, 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 information about free disaster
legal services, call 888-234-5695.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is offering support to homeowners and low-income renters who live in disaster-declared counties and whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the May disaster. For information on FHA mortgages, call 800-543-9378. For information on HUD funding for communities, call 9...