BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Federal officials said 7,215 Vermonters who experienced damage or losses as the result of Tropical Storm Irene registered for assistance before Tuesday’s deadline.
The total amount of aid approved so far exceeds $45.9 million in grants and loans to Vermont residents, businesses, and non-profit entities, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“We’re very pleased that we could support the state and our other partners in signing up as many Vermonters as we have,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. “Our team has completed the response and initial recovery phases, but that doesn’t mean we’re leaving tomorrow. We are committed to the long-term recovery of the state, and will be here to help.”
Nearly 150 people registered on Tuesday in advance of the midnight deadline to seek assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest loans from the SBA.
Tropical Storm Irene assistance by the numbers:
- More than $20.1 million in grants approved for individuals and families
- More than $18.6 million for home repairs or replacement and rental assistance
- More than $1.4 million for other needs such as replacement of personal property or medical expenses
- 144 individuals received the maximum possible housing grant of $30,200
- 3,360 individuals and families have been approved for housing assistance
- Average housing assistance grant is $5,536
- 1,382 individuals/households have received temporary rental assistance
- More than $24.6 million approved by U.S. Small Business Administration in low-interest disaster loans
- Nearly $15 million in home loans
- Over $9.6 million in loans to businesses
- The SBA has sent 6,381 applications for disaster loans to homeowners and businesses and 1,152 have been returned.
- 4,954 property inspections to document damage have been completed.
- There were 4,158 visits to the 12 fixed Disaster Recovery Centers and the four mobile sites.
- So far, FEMA has obligated nearly $1.3 million in Public Assistance funding to Vermont communities to repair buildings, roads and other infrastructure.
Vermonters coping with the aftermath of the disaster can receive crisis counseling through a program called “Starting Over Strong” (SOS), which is working with mental health agencies and local organizations. Those who would like more information about the program may call toll-free 855-SOS-VT00 (855-767-8800).
The deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance for all declared counties for individual assistance is Monday, Nov. 21. DUA is available to those whose jobs were permanently or temporarily lost due to the disaster, including those who are self-employed and farmers. Apply by calling the Vermont Department of Labor’s Claim Assistance Line at 877-214-3330.
Those who receive an SBA disaster loan application in the mail after registering with FEMA are encouraged to fill it out and return it. No one is required to take out a loan, but completing the application may lead to additional federal grants.
FEMA and SBA have teamed with Vermont NeighborWorks® Organizations to offer more help filling out SBA disaster loan applications. These are located at:
VERMONT NEIGHBORWORKS® HOME OWNERSHIP CENTERS
Champlain Housing Trust
88 King StreetBurlington, VT 05401
Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Champlain Housing Trust
13 Lake Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gilman Housing Trust
48 Elm Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m....