PASADENA, Calif. -- There are less than two weeks left to apply for federal and state disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of California. The deadline to apply for federal and state disaster assistance is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.
Individual assistance continues to be provided for residents with property damages from the wildfires. Here is a summary of disaster assistance funding:
- $60 million - Approved (SBA) loans to homeowners, renters and business owners.
- $8.7 million - Housing assistance grants from FEMA for rental expenses, home repair or replacement.
- $3.5 million - Assistance with other needs from FEMA and the State of California for losses and damage to personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, moving expenses and other disaster-related costs.
- $1.7 million - Approved California State Supplemental Grants from the California Department of Social Services for those who have received the maximum grants for housing and other needs from FEMA and the state.
- $185,211 in federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds has been disbursed by the California Employment Development Department to individuals unemployed by the wildfires.
During the holiday period, the registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 will be closed on Jan. 1. Other than this holiday closure date, the registration line will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until close of business on Jan. 9, 2008. Those who have registered are reminded to go online at: www.fema.gov/assistance/process/update_assistance.shtm or call FEMA to report any changes in personal or insurance information and to check the status of their application.
Beyond the dollars provided to Southern California residents, much individualized service is involved in wildfire recovery.
- 18,685 Californians have registered for state and federal disaster assistance.
- 15,003 FEMA registrants visited assistance centers seeking disaster recovery help and mitigation information in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and other languages. All disaster recovery centers are now closed.
- 8,175 FEMA inspections have been completed in disaster-designated counties. These inspections of wildfire-damaged structures are a prerequisite for property owners to qualify for federal and state grants and low-interest loans to repair, replace or rebuild.
FEMA's community relations specialists walk disaster neighborhoods to offer recovery information and assistance. To date they have spoken with:
1,050* Faith-Based Organizations
275 Community-Based Organizations
284 Local Governments
499 Local Agencies
(*Revised from 12/22 weekly summary release, NR 83, published as 1,079)
Crisis counseling for wildfire victims is available. Those who may be feeling overwhelmed as a result of the wildfires or need disaster-related counseling may call the hotline number for their county:
Los Angeles 1-800-854-7771
San Bernardino 1-888-743-1478
San Diego 1-800-479-3339
Santa Barbara 1-888-868-1649