FEMA Grants Won’t Affect Other Benefits

Release Date:
June 15, 2023

FEMA grants are not taxable income. Applying for disaster assistance will not affect other federal benefits you may receive.

Accepting a FEMA grant will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or other federal benefit programs.

Disaster grants help survivors pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, essential personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

Disaster survivors in Broward County who had uninsured damage or losses from the April 12–14 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding can apply to FEMA for federal assistance.

Apply to FEMA

  • There are several ways to apply: 1) DisasterAssistance.gov, 2) download the FEMA App for mobile devices, 3) call the FEMA Helpline toll-free 800-621-3362. The helpline is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA your number for that service. You can also apply in person, visit a Disaster Recovery Center.
  • For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance, go to, FEMA Accessible: Three Ways to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance.

The deadline to apply is June 27, 2023.

For the latest information on Florida’s recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, visit floridadisaster.org/info  and fema.gov/disaster/4709. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

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