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FEMA Awards Won’t Affect Other Benefits

Helena, Mont. – Social Security and other government benefits are not affected by any FEMA disaster assistance an applicant may receive. FEMA disaster assistance is not taxable income. Accepting a FEMA grant will not affect your Social Security benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other federal welfare, social safety nets, or entitlement programs.

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

The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is August 29, 2022. We strongly encourage survivors to apply as soon as possible.

If you have not yet applied for FEMA help, visit, call 800-621-3362, or use the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

Applicants should mention any access or functional needs they may have when applying. FEMA can provide interpreters, real-time captioning, and information in alternate formats such as Braille, large-print, audio, and electronic versions. The agency also provides free services to help survivors communicate with its staff and understand FEMA programs, including:

  • Information available in accessible electronic formats on FEMA’s website and social media.
  • Qualified American Sign Language interpreters.
  • Qualified multilingual interpreters.
  • Information written in multiple languages.

For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to

If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit

Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at

For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at