DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — More than $222.3 million has been approved in disaster assistance grants for Illinois residents recovering from the severe storms and flooding of July 19 - Aug. 7.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) work together to provide disaster recovery assistance to homeowners, renters, and business owners in the seven counties designated for Individual Assistance — Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago.
As of close of business Sept. 30, 110,412 Illinois residents have applied for assistance and $222,393,799 has been approved in disaster grants under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Of this amount:
- $185,169,956 has been approved in Housing Assistance (HA) grants for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance;
- $37,223,843 has been approved in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) to repair or replace damaged personal property and pay for other serious, disaster-related expenses. FEMA pays 75 percent of ONA; the state pays 25 percent.
Below are county figures for applications, HA and ONA:
- Carroll County: 165 applicants; $775,393 total (HA $722,288; ONA $53,105).
- Cook County: 105,458 applicants; $212,170,795 total (HA $175,739,683; ONA $36,431,112).
- DuPage County: 2,410 applicants; $5,452,040 total (HA $5,127,425; ONA $324,615);
- Jo Daviess County: 140 applicants, $252,040 total (HA $248,106; ONA $3,934)
- Ogle County: 95 applicants, $262,514 total (HA $233,811; ONA $28,703)
- Stephenson: 1,530 applicants, $3,195,021 total (HA $2,841,411; ONA $353,610)
- Winnebago: 192 applicants, $285,995 total (HA $257,231; ONA $28,764)
A total of 195 FEMA contract inspectors remain in the field; to date more than 105,000 damage inspections have been completed.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $22,943,900 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes. SBA has distributed 73,669 applications; 5,781 have been returned to SBA.
Completing the SBA application is an essential part of the process of applying for FEMA disaster grants. Homeowners and renters who cannot afford a loan may be referred back to FEMA for possible additional ONA assistance. Applicants are not required to take out a loan if one is offered to them.
To date, more than 11,000 individuals have visited the five Disaster Recovery Centers established to provide in-person help in the disaster area. All centers are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and offer help from FEMA, SBA and other state and local organizations.
Disaster Recovery Center locations are:
Chicago State University, Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center
9501 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628
(Campus car access at South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and East 99th Place)
Stephenson County Highway Administration Building, 295 West Lamm Road
Freeport, IL 61032 (near County Road 12/South Walnut Avenue)
Cicero Public Safety Building, 5410 West 34th St., Cicero, IL 60804
St. Joseph High School, 1840 Mayfair Ave., Westchester, IL 60154
(West entrance via Oxford Street...