FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Renters in three Kentucky counties who lost their home or personal property as a result of the June 19-23 storms may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.
"Disaster aid is not limited to homeowners," said John Heltzel, director of Kentucky Emergency Management and commonwealth coordinating officer for Kentucky. "Eligible Kentuckians who sustained loss or damages may receive assistance from state and federal programs designed to help them get back on their feet."
FEMA's Individual and Households Program offers two kinds of housing assistance for renters:
- Funds to rent alternative housing for a limited period of time while repairs are made to their rented dwelling; and
- Access to a free rental referral resource to find a temporary or permanent place to live.
FEMA applicants can find rental resources in their area online at go.usa.gov/0fl or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585.
Renters may also be eligible for Other Needs Assistance, designed to help survivors with uninsured, but necessary, expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster. This money may be used to pay for:
- Disaster-related medical and dental expenses;
- Disaster-related funeral and burial expenses;
- Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, including household items such as room furnishings or appliances, and tools and equipment required by the self-employed for their work; and
- Primary vehicles and approved second vehicles damaged by the disaster.
"The storms, tornadoes and flooding affected both homeowners and renters," said Federal Coordinating Officer W. M. Moore. "FEMA is in Kentucky to ensure all survivors obtain the assistance they are eligible to receive."
FEMA disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for rent and home repairs, replace personal property and reimburse medical, storage and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or charities. Assistance may also include SBA low-interest disaster loans.
SBA offers disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations for their uncompensated losses. Renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. If a low-interest loan is offered to an applicant, they are not required to take out the loan if they do not want or need it. However, it is important to return the SBA loan application as it may open the door to other assistance.
For additional information about SBA's low-interest disaster loans call 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339 or online at www.SBA.gov. Applicants also may apply for a disaster loan online through SBA's secure web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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.