DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Nearly $245 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 Oct.6, 118,365 Illinois residents have applied for assistance and $244,814,373 has been approved in disaster grants under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Of this amount:
- $203,271,560 has been approved in grants for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance;
- $41,542,813 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, Housing Assistance (HA) and Other Needs Assistance (ONA). (Note: Not all applicants are eligible for assistance.):
- Carroll County: 169 applicants; $781,806 total (HA $727,269; ONA $54,537)
- Cook County: 113,156 applicants; $234,015,226 total (HA $193,331,536; ONA $40,683,690)
- DuPage County: 2,555 applicants; $5,770,241 total (HA $5,418,434; ONA $351,807)
- Jo Daviess County: 147 applicants, $287,311 total (HA $282,118; ONA $5,193)
- Ogle County: 96 applicants, $268,473 total (HA $239,770; ONA $28,703)
- Stephenson: 1,576 applicants, $3,394,110 total (HA $3,004,583; ONA $389,527)
- Winnebago: 201 applicants, $297,205 total (HA $267,850; ONA $29,355)
110,733 damage inspections have been completed; 185 inspectors remain in the field
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $27,492,300 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes. SBA has distributed 78,549 applications, with 6,897 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. No one is required to take a loan.
To date, more than 13,673 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., including Columbus Day, and they offer help from FEMA, SBA and other state and local organizations.
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)
Austin Area, (Former Old Navy building),Washington Square
4905 West North Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
Residents must apply with...