FEMA Assistance to Individuals Is Not Treated as Income

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Release date: 
September 22, 2011
Release Number: 
4026-016

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire residents who are beginning to receive Individual Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them recover from damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene can be assured that the money is not treated as income and does not jeopardize other benefits they may be receiving.

“You won’t pay income tax on your FEMA assistance,” said Albie Lewis, federal coordinating officer for the disaster. “It also doesn’t count in determining whether you have to pay income tax on Social Security benefits.”

FEMA grants for rental assistance, emergency home repairs and Other Needs Assistance (ONA) are not counted for determining whether any Social Security benefits must be repaid by those who have chosen to receive the benefits early and are limited in the amount of income they can earn.

The FEMA grants also are not considered in determining eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps or Women, Infants and Children Nutrition (WIC) programs.

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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