PASADENA, Calif. -- More than $10.3 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved for residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Santa Barbara Counties who are recovering from the November wildfires.
The funds include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance grants for temporary housing and home repairs, the federal-state Other Needs Assistance (ONA) grants, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners. California's State Supplemental Grant Program (SSGP), that may assist after a household has received the maximum FEMA-state grant of $30,300, also contributed to the total.
"The level of assistance is due to the partnership between FEMA, SBA and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services," said Mark Neveau, federal coordinating officer. "This combination of resources and information sharing enhances the response to people's needs."?
The following is a summary of funding activities in the four declared counties as of Tuesday, December 16, 2008.
$1,719,425 has been approved for housing assistance, and $1,686,877 has been disbursed.
$348,253 has been approved for the federal-state Other Needs Assistance personal-property program, and $339,939 has been distributed.
$8,162,900 has been approved in SBA disaster loans, including $8,124,300 for 57 homeowners and renters, and $38,600 for one business loan.
$130,000 has been approved for 13 households by the State Supplemental Grant program.
2,012 people have applied for assistance, and 296 have been approved for the?Individuals & Households Program that combines housing assistance and ONA grants.
"These recovery funds are significant, but the process continues," said Tom Maruyama, deputy state coordinating officer. "People still struggle with this traumatic event, and FEMA, SBA and OES keep working together to help them back on the road to recovery."
The registration deadline for FEMA is January 20, 2009, and the deadline for SBA property loan applications is January 21, 2008. To register for federal-state aid, call FEMA's toll-free number 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or go online at www.fema.gov.
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.