INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Over $51 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans have been approved so far by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Indiana residents who were affected by the Sept. 12 through Oct. 6 storms and flooding. The period for individuals and businesses to register with FEMA and apply for SBA disaster loans closed earlier this week on Monday, November 24.
To date, 25,612 homeowners and renters from the 30 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.
- $51,483,822 in grants and loans have been approved for Indiana applicants, which includes:
- $25,715,600 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs?and replacement.
- $5,141,772 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $20,626,500 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans has been approved.
- 15,003 SBA disaster loan applications have been issued to homeowners and 2,575 to business owners.
- 20,000 home inspections have been completed.
All Indiana Disaster Recovery Centers have closed. Two centers have transitioned to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs). DLOC locations are:
- Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 East 35th Ave., Gary
- Manuszczak Appliance Store, 9450 Calumet Ave., Munster
DLOCS are open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and offer assistance with the SBA disaster loan process; there, specialists can answer program questions, assist applicants with filling out forms and close loans. The final day of operations for these centers will be Thursday, Dec. 4.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.