DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- More than $300 million has been approved in assistance grants to individuals and households in Illinois for the severe storms and flooding between July 19 and Aug. 7.
According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 137,618 Illinois residents have applied for assistance as of the close of business Nov. 4. Also, $301,764,054 has been approved in disaster grants under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Of this amount:
- $250,049,957 has been approved in grants for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance;
- $51,711,097 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.
- 132,923 damage inspections have been completed; 89 inspectors remain in the field.
"These are big numbers, but the fact remains that we're still finding people who assume they are not eligible and have not applied," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory Eaton. "If you had damages from the flooding, Nov. 17 is your last chance to apply."
The SBA has approved $47,923,500 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses and nonprofit organizations. SBA has distributed 89,854 applications, with 11,076 returned to SBA.
"It is important to the process to complete all requested forms including the SBA application, if one was received," added State Coordinating Officer Joseph Klinger, also interim director for IEMA. "Nobody has to take a loan, but those who don't qualify may be referred back to FEMA for possible additional grant assistance."
Below are county figures for applications, Housing Assistance (HA) and Other Needs Assistance (ONA). (Note: Not all applicants are eligible for assistance.)
- Carroll County: 184 applicants; $855,335 total (HA $792,429; ONA $62,906)
- Cook County: 131,716 applicants; $289,266,413 total (HA $238,616,147; ONA $50,650,266)
- DuPage County: 2,945 applicants; $6,755,786 total (HA $6,286,653; ONA $469,133)
- Jo Daviess County: 162 applicants; $362,342 total (HA $352,420; ONA $9,922)
- Ogle County: 104 applicants; $283,784 total (HA $249,986; ONA $33,798)
- Stephenson: 1,692 applicants; $3,875,055 total (HA $3,422,180; ONA $452,875)
- Winnebago: 242 applicants; $362,339 total (HA $330,141; ONA $32,198)
To date, nearly 20,000 individuals have visited one the Disaster Recovery Centers established in Illinois to provide in-person help in the disaster area. Centers are currently open in Cicero, Westchester and the Austin area of Chicago. The Westchester center transitions to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center opening Monday, Nov 8, at 9 a.m. in Room 202 of St. Joseph High School, 1840 Mayfair Ave. (West entrance via Oxford Street), Westchester.
Disaster recovery assistance is available to homeowners, renters, businesses, and private nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties. Residents must apply directly with FEMA to get federal help. Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call toll-free 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Operators are available from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. (EDT) daily until further notice. Multilin...