Renters May Be Eligible For Disaster Assistance

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Release date: 
November 10, 2012
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WINDSOR, Conn. – Connecticut renters who lost their homes or personal property as a result of Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for disaster-related assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies.

FEMA offers assistance to eligible renters through the Individuals and Households program. Eligible applicants may receive grants to rent a different place to live for a limited period of time while repairs are done to a home that was made unlivable by the disaster. There is also a referral service to help applicants find a safe replacement rental property. The referral service is free.

Both renters and homeowners may also be eligible for Other Needs Assistance (ONA), designed to help survivors with uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster. ONA grants can be used 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, household items such as room furnishings or appliances, and tools and equipment required by the self-employed for their jobs
  • Primary vehicles and approved second vehicles damaged by the disaster

People with storm losses should register with FEMA online at, with a smartphone or device at Applicants can also register by phone by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362.  If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585.  If using 711 relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362.  Multilingual operators are available.

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.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

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: 
November 13, 2012 - 14:59
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