INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Just nine days after Indiana residents began applying for federal disaster assistance, over $1 million in disaster assistance grants has been approved for distribution.? Federal and state recovery officials announced that today a total of 12,542 residents have applied for assistance in the designated counties of Harrison, Jefferson, Jennings, Lake, LaPorte and Porter.
$834,747 in grants has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Hoosier homeowners and renters cover costs of temporary housing, home repairs and rebuilding.
$174,791 in grants has been approved by FEMA to meet other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
8,223 applications have been issued to disaster victims by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).? SBA officials encourage all who receive an application to return it as soon as possible in order to be considered for further disaster assistance.
- Disaster recovery centers are in operation at the following locations in Lake County:
- Former Manusczak Appliance Store, 9450 Calumet Ave. in Munster (open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 East 35th Ave in Gary (open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
- VFW Hall, 2750 Central Ave. in Lake Station (open Saturday and Monday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)? Closed after Monday, Oct. 6
- Valparaiso Fire Dept., 2605 Cumberland Dr. (opens Tues., Oct. 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., open thereafter Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- FEMA recovery specialists will be available on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Family and Social Service Administration (FSSA) centers.? Recovery specialists will no longer be at these centers after Tuesday, Oct. 7.? Center locations are:
- Harrison County (2201 Concord Ave., Suite 120, in Corydon)
- Jefferson County (493 West Hutchinson Lane, Suite A, in Madison)
- Jennings County (1171 North State St. in North Vernon)
- Nearly 15,000 area residents have visited a disaster recovery center to gather recovery information and aid from FEMA, SBA, FSSA and other state and local government agencies and volunteer organizations or met with a FEMA recovery specialist at an FSSA center.
- Indiana Workforce Development has announced the availability of disaster unemployment assistance in all designated counties.? This program is federally funded and can provide up to 26 weeks of benefits for workers who lost jobs and self-employed individuals who lost earnings due to the storm.? Residents of Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties must apply for this program by Oct. 22, while residents in Harrison, Jefferson, and Jennings counties have until Oct. 25 to apply. Individuals can visit an Indiana WorkOne Center or log on to www.in.gov/dwd/2404.htm ?to apply.
- Disaster Legal Services are available through the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.? This service is geared to help households replace important legal documents and deal with legal complications that may have resulted from the disaster.? Anyone seeking disaster-related legal assistance should call 1-800-266-2581 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.? Those who qualify for these services will be matched with Indiana lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.
Federal and state officials urge homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding that began on September 12 to appl...