WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- In one month since the disaster declaration requested by Iowa Governor Chet Culver was issued on August 14, 2010, $16,234,854 has been approved to individuals and households who have registered in the 32 counties that suffered damages between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2010.
Individual and Households Program
The Individual and Households Program includes Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance.
Housing Assistance may include lodging expenses reimbursement, rental assistance and grants for uninsured homeowners to make necessary repairs. The total approved for housing has reached $14,750,295.
Other Needs Assistance may include grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses; furniture, clothing and certain appliances; vehicle costs; and other eligible expenses. That total approved to date is $1,484,559.
A total of 8,512 Iowans have registered for assistance.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued 5,522 residential loan applications and 780 business applications for Iowa homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations that suffered flood damage. Nearly $2.1 million in federal SBA low-interest disaster loans has been approved.
After registering with FEMA, Iowa residents and business owners may receive information about SBA low-interest, federal disaster loans by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, Mon. through Fri. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) or visiting the SBA website at www.sba.gov. Hearing impaired individuals may call 800-877-8339.
Disaster Recovery Centers
More than 1,900 individuals have visited Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The centers provide individuals with an opportunity to ask questions and receive information about various programs that are available to individuals and business owners. In addition, assistance in completing the SBA disaster loan application is available at the DRCs.
DRC Hours, until further notice, are Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, access the DRC Locator at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers to search for locations, services offered, and driving directions.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Claims may be filed at any Iowa Workforce Development Center. For locations visit www.iowaworkforce.org. The filing deadline for DUA is Sept. 17, 2010.
Free Crisis Counseling Is Available
Free crisis counselors are available through the Iowa State University Extension's Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985. Hours are 24-hours per day, 7-days per week until further notice.
Free Legal Services
Free Disaster Legal Services are available for those who have limited income or who are unable to obtain legal counsel on their own may call for free legal services for disaster-related legal problems.
The toll-free number is 877-775-8882. Callers may receive assistance with issues such as landlord/tenant problems, legal documents lost in the disaster, home repair contracts, and medical and property insurance claims.