SAN JUAN, PR -- As of today, more than $8.6 million have been disbursed in emergency housing, and other needs assistance for Hurricane Irene survivors residing in the 29 municipalities designated eligible to apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced federal and Government of Puerto Rico officials.
The disaster declaration which President Obama signed on August 27, 2011, funds assistance for survivors with homes affected by Hurricane Irene in the municipalities of Aguas Buenas, Arroyo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Fajardo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Río Grande, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Trujillo Alto, Vega Baja, Vieques, and Villalba through FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
"FEMA delivers its assistance after applicant homes are inspected and eligible losses are found," said Federal Coordinating Officer, Justo Hernández. "We will continue to work with our state, local and volunteer partners to assist the needs caused by the disaster and to help these communities to get back on its feet."
FEMA's Housing Assistance program provides grants to homeowners to make minor, but necessary repairs for disaster-related damages. Also, grants for temporary rental assistance are available for both homeowners and renters.
"The first step to further your recovery process is to apply for assistance with FEMA promptly," said the Governor's Authorized Representative, Juan Carlos Pavía. "We are supporting our communities and want to ensure that every survivor gets adequate assistance."
To date, 30,981 residents have registered for disaster assistance in the 29 declared municipalities and 9,408 applicants visited the 10 Disaster Recovery Centers, located in designated municipalities.
Survivors should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for disaster assistance for those with hearing disabilities call (TTY) 800-462-7585, through the internet at www.disasterassistance.gov , www.fema.gov or via mobile phone application at m.fema.gov.
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