Maine Renters Can Apply for FEMA Assistance

Release Date:
February 12, 2024

The counties approved are Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset Counties.

FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters, including students, as well as homeowners. Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing. The initial rental grant is for a one-month or two-month period and can be reviewed for further assistance. 

Renters may also qualify for a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for uninsured essential personal property losses and other disaster-related expenses. These may include:

  • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property, such as clothing, textbooks, or school supplies as well as furniture or appliances you purchased. FEMA will not cover furniture or appliances that are provided by the landlord.
  • Replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment required by the self-employed
  • Primary vehicles.
  • Uninsured or out-of-pocket medical, dental, childcare, moving and storage expenses.

To apply for FEMA disaster assistance, go online to, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

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