The Recovery Division’s mission is to support individuals and communities affected by disasters in their efforts to recover through the following programs: Individual Assistance, which provides or coordinates emergency housing, financial assistance, and unemployment assistance for individuals, families, farmers and businesses; Public Assistance, which helps states, local communities and certain nonprofit groups restore and rebuild public systems and facilities, as well as with debris removal and emergency protective measures; the Federal Coordinating Officer Program; emergency and disaster declaration processing; and National Response Plan Emergency Support Functions # 14 (Long-Term Community Recovery). Victims of disaster may register via Internet or telephone to access these programs through a network of National Processing Centers managed by the Recovery Directorate.
Public Assistance: Local, State, Tribal and Non-Profit
The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of Private Nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.
Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.
The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The grantee (usually the State) determines how the non-Federal share (up to 25%) is split with the subgrantees (eligible applicants).
- Eligibility - Overview of eligibility criteria and definitions
- Roles and Responsibilities - Information on the duties of Federal, State, and local partners
- Public Assistance Grant Program Process - Step by step description of the PA grant life cycle
- Policy and Guidance - 9500 series policies and other publications
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Top 10 questions pertaining to the Public Assistance Program
- Resource and Tools - Appeal database, equipment rates, cost estimating format, performance goals, funding trends, and other resources
- Office of Equal Rights - Information about the Office of Equal Rights and how to file a discrimination complaint
The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. Up to the IHP maximum is available in financial help (adjusted each year), although some forms of IHP assistance have limits. Flood insurance may be required as indicated below. These forms of help are available: Housing Assistance (including Temporary Housing, Repair, Replacement, and Semi‐Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction) and Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items).