HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Federal and state assistance to northern and western Pennsylvania counties affected by severe storms and flooding this summer has topped $8 million, according to disaster recovery officials. The total for all disaster programs is $8,292,968, officials said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had received 1,318 applications from disaster victims in 11 designated counties.
Individuals and Households program grants totaled $2,082,547 as of the close of business on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Of that total, $1,779,838 was for housing assistance and $302,708 was for Other Needs Assistance.
Disaster housing assistance provides grants for alternate rental housing, or emergency repairs to make a residence livable. Disaster housing assistance helps people meet housing needs until they can make arrangements for permanent repairs, through insurance, loans or from other sources. Other Needs Assistance helps families who cannot afford a low-interest loan to meet serious disaster-related costs not covered by other disaster aid or insurance.
The U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan program has approved the following loans to people who can afford a loan and to businesses:
- Home loans: 38 for $887,500
- Business Loans: 2 for $221,100
- Economic Injury disaster loans: 1 for $1,500
- Total disaster loans approved: 41 for $1,110,100.
Homeowners, renters or business owners in a designated county may apply for federal and state disaster assistance until Nov. 18, 2003. They can apply by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-3362. For those with a speech or hearing impairment, the number is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Both lines are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents in 11 counties are eligible for individual assistance under President Bush's major disaster declaration of Sept. 18. They are Blair, Crawford, Lackawanna, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Tioga, Venango, Warren and Wayne.
Registrations and grants by county are:
Total Registrations 141