Interim Housing is the intermediate period of housing assistance that covers the gap between sheltering and the return of disaster survivors to permanent housing. Generally, this period may span from the day after the disaster is declared through a period up to 18 months.
- Individual Disaster Assistance: FEMA's webpage that outlines grants and assistance programs available to help disaster survivors including housing and other key services.
- Community Services Programs: FEMA assistance beyond housing; additional services that may be available such as Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Services, and Disaster Case Management and may be particularly useful in assisting those who occupy interim housing.
- Help After a Disaster: The "Help after a Disaster" brochure is available as well as information about the FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
- Search for Housing Online: For free, timely, and up-to-date information survivors can search online websites using key words such as “apartment rentals”, “housing rentals”, or “available housing” to find up-to-date information on available temporary and long-term housing in their geographic area.
If you're ready to apply now for disaster assistance or would like more information on the types of assistance available please visit disasterassistance.gov. There is a limited timeframe to apply for assistance, so do not wait to apply. Not sure if you are in an area declared for disaster assistance? Visit disasterassistance.gov and enter your address to find out if your area is declared for Individual Assistance.