McALLEN, Texas ?-- Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Dolly battered the Rio Grande Valley, more than $32 million has been approved to help those individuals, families, businesses and communities with infrastructure affected by the storm in the disaster declared counties.
The Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announce that $32,122,158.00 has been approved to help individuals, households, businesses, and infrastructure in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties since the July 22 hurricane struck.
Under FEMA's Public Assistance (infrastructure) Program, state agencies, local governments and certain nonprofit organizations that provide essential services in Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria and Willacy counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance.
Here is a summary of state and federal assistance to individuals, businesses, and public infrastructure as of Friday, Aug. 29:
A total of 34,715 individuals and households have applied for disaster assistance from FEMA since President Bush initially declared a major disaster declaration on July 24. Individual and Households Assistance was added to the declaration July 31.
To date, $22,521,446.99 has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
More than $4,039,802.66 to help cover personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance to individuals and households has been approved.
FEMA's Public Assistance Program or infrastructure assistance has received 111 requests for public assistance projects. To date, $1,976,910.00 has been obligated.
To date there have been 43 applications made for federally subsidized Unemployment Compensation.
The SBA has approved more than $4,114,900.00 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, business owners and non profit organizations damaged by the storm. SBA customer service representatives are staffed at each of FEMA's Disaster Recovery Centers to help individuals with SBA loan applications.
As of Friday, 10,562 people impacted by the disaster have met with recovery specialists at one of 13 Disaster Recovery Centers moving through the disaster-declared counties to provide one-to-one help for individuals with disaster-related needs. These DRCs are operated jointly by FEMA, Texas and other federal agencies.
FEMA-contracted housing inspectors have completed nearly 29,375 housing inspections to date.
- Community Relations specialists have visited more than 11,938 homes and worked throughout the declared counties to help identify and assist those affected by the hurricane. As of today, they have met with more than:
- 9,187 residents
- 516 residents with insurance?????
- 1,531 businesses??????
- 404 faith-based groups
- 201 community organizations?
- 64 schools???????
Sept. 30 is the deadline to apply for assistance. Applicants should register by calling FEMA toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call TTY 800-462-7585 and apply. Spanish, English and other multilingual operators are available to speak to applicants.? The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. If applicants have access to a computer they can register for assistance online at www.fema.gov, or at one of the DRCs....