DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Nearly $263 million has been approved in disaster assistance grants for Illinois residents recovering from the severe storms and flooding of July 19 - Aug. 7.
Because of the size of the disaster and the continuing numbers of people applying for disaster assistance, the deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 17, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Nov. 17 is also the deadline to return the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) application provided to many applicants.
Disaster recovery assistance is available to homeowners, renters, businesses, and private nonprofit organizations in the seven counties designated for Individual Assistance — Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago.
As of close of business Oct. 14, 125,101 Illinois residents have applied for assistance and $262,922,050 has been approved in disaster grants under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Of this amount:
- $218,262,439 has been approved in grants for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance;
- $44,659,611 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.
- 117,935 damage inspections have been completed; 149 inspectors remain in the field.
Below are county figures for applications, Housing Assistance (HA) and Other Needs Assistance (ONA). (Note: Not all applicants are eligible for assistance.)
- Carroll County: 177 applicants; $791,739 total (HA $735,633; ONA $56,106)
- Cook County: 119,658 applicants; $251,617,905 total (HA $207,875,533; ONA $43,742,372)
- DuPage County: 2,680 applicants; $6,076,964 total (HA $5,692,446; ONA $384,518)
- Jo Daviess County: 150 applicants; $305,353 total (HA $300,160; ONA $5,193)
- Ogle County: 99 applicants; $271,731 total (HA $242,002; ONA $29,729)
- Stephenson: 1,623 applicants; $3,544,461 total (HA $3,132,987; ONA $411,474)
- Winnebago: 216 applicants; $313,896 total (HA $283,676; ONA $30,220)
The SBA has approved $30,948,800 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes. SBA has distributed 82,609 applications, with 7,834 returned to SBA.
Completing the SBA application is an essential part of the process of applying for FEMA disaster grants. Individuals are not required to apply for an SBA loan. However, an applicant must complete a loan application, if issued one, to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
To date, more than 15,811 individuals have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers established to provide in-person help in the disaster area. After Saturday, Oct. 16, three centers will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and they offer help from FEMA, SBA and other state and local organizations.
Disaster Recovery Center locations are:
Cicero Public Safety Building, 5410 West 34th St., Cicero, IL 60804
St. Joseph High School, 1840 Mayfair Ave., Westche...