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Temporary Rental Assistance Available to Hurricane Irene Survivors

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Release date: 
September 12, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Survivors whose primary home sustained damage from Hurricane Irene in the counties designated for federal disaster assistance may be eligible for temporary rental assistance.

In order to qualify for this program, survivors must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Currently survivors may be eligible for:

  1. Temporary rental assistance: Eligible applicants receive two months of rental assistance. Additional assistance may be available for those who still need help after the initial two months. This is the primary temporary housing solution used by FEMA.
    Survivors who receive temporary rental assistance will be referred to rentals that are preferably located within a reasonable distance of their damaged homes.
  2. Transitional Shelter Assistance Program: In certain areas where there is a shortage of rentals, survivors who, due to damage or power outage, cannot live in their residences are eligible to stay in hotels or motels for up to two weeks while FEMA looks for other available temporary rental solutions.

FEMA has activated this program for survivors in the following five counties: Beaufort, Dare, Halifax, Pamlico and Tyrrell. At this time 1,700 families in the five designated counties are being contacted by FEMA with information regarding the Transitional Shelter Assistance program.

The purpose of FEMA's temporary rental assistance is to help Hurricane Irene survivors find a short-term safe, sanitary and functional place to live until they return or find another home.

Survivors may apply for assistance by:

  • Calling FEMA's toll-free registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators
    are available.
  • Online by going to
  • Using a tablet or smartphone go to

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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