EDITORS: A county breakdown for Individual Assistance follows this news release.
NORTH CAROLINA DISASTER ASSISTANCE TOPS $15.8 MILLION
Federal aid to state and local governments adds more than $9.7 million
RALEIGH, N.C. – More than $15.8 million in federal and state grants and loans for disaster assistance continues to help North Carolinians recover from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 16.
In addition, more than $9.7 million has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Public Assistance, a cost-share reimbursement program in which FEMA pays 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects and the state pays the 25 percent nonfederal share. This funding goes to local governments, state agencies and eligible nonprofit organizations for emergency measures, debris removal and repair and replacement of public facilities damaged by the storms.
The registration deadline for individuals has been extended to July 5, from the original date of June 20. The extension also applies for disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Alamance County was added this week, making 20 counties part of the presidential disaster declaration for Individual Assistance.
As of June 23, that assistance to individuals includes:
· More than $5.1 million from FEMA’s Individual and Household Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
· More than $2 million in Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program to help individuals replace personal property and pay for certain other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
· More than $8.7 million in SBA low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.
In other figures:
· More than 9,500 people in the 20 designated counties have registered with FEMA for assistance.
· More than 6,000 homes have been inspected.
· 34 temporary housing units supplied by FEMA are occupied in counties where rental resources are scarce.
· More than 5,000 SBA disaster loan applications have been sent to homeowners and renters, but only 17 percent have been returned to SBA.
FEMA's housing assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be considered for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Applicants who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items.
To register for disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). TTY 800-462-7585 is for deaf and hard-of-hearing callers. Registration can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov and link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
All figures are through close of business June 23, 2011: