Marion, Ill. -- Disaster assistance tops $6.2 million in approved grants in just a little over a week and disaster unemployment assistance is also available as a result of the Presidential declaration issued June 7, according to state and federal recovery officials.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the latest recovery statistics as of close of business yesterday:
- $6,213,928 million approved in disaster assistance grants, which cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs, and other disaster-related serious needs not covered by insurance or other programs
- $5, 926,776 million in grants has been disbursed by direct deposit or U.S. Treasury check
- 1,330 residents have applied for disaster assistance, including homeowners, renters, and business owners (see county-by-county application breakdown on Page 2)
- 996 Inspections have been completed and the current turnaround time for an inspection after a person applies is approximately a day and a half.
- 763 SBA low-interest loan applications issued, including 596 to renters and homeowners and 167 for business owners... it is very important to complete and return the application
- 125 residents have visited one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in Cairo and Junction... both centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until they close - Cairo (6/21) and Junction (6/22)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
Residents who live and work in the 14 designated counties of Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White and Williamson might be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
Aid applications will be handled by the Illinois Department of Employments Security (IDES), and must be filed by July 16. IDES office locations are available by calling 888-367-4382 or visiting www.ides.illinois.gov. Individuals are eligible for up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as their unemployment continues as a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis.
Federal funding covers 100 percent of the cost for the DUA program, which is administered by the state. Income compensation under DUA is extended to individuals who are unable to qualify for traditional state unemployment benefits and who:
- Were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether self-employed or working for an employer;
- Were unable to reach their place of work;
- Derived most of their income from areas affected by the disaster, whether self-employed or working for an employer, and whose business is down as a direct result of the disaster.
County-by-County Application Breakdown
Here is a county-by-county breakdown of assistance application (cumulative total) as of close of business on yesterday (6/16): Alexander 609; Franklin 28; Gallatin 134; Hardin 24; Jackson 99; Lawrence 10; Massac 143; Perry 21; Pope 26; Pulaski 105; Randolph 8; Saline 22; White 67; and Williamson 34.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.