LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- More than $3.3 million in emergency housing, other needs assistance, and low interest disaster loans have been approved for Arkansas residents in the four Individual Assistance declared counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continue to accept applications and disburse monies for eligible losses from the April 9 storms and tornadoes.
Funding has been approved for residents with homes affected by the storms and tornadoes that ravaged areas of Arkansas in Ashley, Miller, Polk and Sevier counties through FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP), along with SBA low interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners:
|Housing Assistance Grants||268 Approved||$1,243,307|
|Other Needs Assistance Grants||163 Approved||$ 245,881|
|SBA Disaster Loans, Individual||$1,710,300|
|SBA Disaster Loans, Business||$ 163,300|
Total $ Approved:
|Mobile Home Units Occupied||Polk||27|
|Home Inspections Completed||593|
|Average Inspection Turnaround||2 days 6 hrs|
"FEMA continues to deliver assistance as applicant homes and businesses are inspected and eligible losses are found," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Moore. "We will continue to work with our state, local and volunteer partners to help address the needs of Arkansas residents and businesses affected by the disaster."
The Housing Assistance program provides grants to homeowners to make minor but necessary repairs for disaster-related damages. Also, grants for temporary rental assistance are available for both homeowners and renters. When housing resources are exhausted in an area, FEMA will also provide temporary housing through the use of mobile homes.
"Getting applicants into secure housing as quickly as possible is an important first step in the recovery process," added State Coordinating Officer Richard Griffin. "Once they are housed, then they can begin the next crucial step: rebuilding their lives."
To date, 907 residents have registered for disaster assistance in the four declared counties and 1,057 applicants visited the Disaster Recovery Centers operated in their respective counties: