Des Moines, Iowa -- More Iowans displaced from their homes because of the floods of 2008 are moving out of FEMA-supplied temporary housing units and into a permanent residence.
As of October 21, 124 families remain in the units, down from 197 on August 18, 2009. Just over a year ago (Oct. 7, 2008), 564 families were staying in the temporary units at the peak of the disaster.
“Iowans continue to make great strides in putting their lives back together in the wake of the 2008 flooding,” said Iowa Recovery Center Director Kay Phillips. “FEMA will continue to assist them in that recovery effort.”
Families may continue to live in the units as long as they are eligible and will be recertified each month to determine their eligibility. FEMA housing specialists continue to work closely with each household to assist them in their plans for permanent housing. FEMA’s temporary housing program ends Nov. 27, 2009.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.