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Interim Housing Resources

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, legal services, and Disaster Case Management and may be particularly useful in assisting those who must occupy interim housing.
  • Help After a Disaster: The "Help after a Disaster" Tri-fold brochure is available as well as information about the Individuals and Households program.
  • Joint Housing Solutions Group:  FEMA’s Joint Housing Solutions Group (JHSG) initiative is a multi-year effort to develop a systematic process to evaluate and rate various and innovative disaster housing options, identify viable alternatives to FEMA manufactured housing units and Mulit-Family Lease Repair Program (MFLRP), and recommend improvements to disaster housing operations.  The JHSG is guided by a steering committee consisting of FEMA staff with considerable experience in disaster housing operations.  FEMA also has secured the support of the National Institute of Building Sciences to provide direct technical guidance and services, and to promote linkage to relevant partner organizations.  Current key milestones for the JHSG efforts include conducting research and reaching out to the housing community, developing evaluation criteria for alternate housing, a testing process, and a housing assessment tool, as well as evaluating FEMA manufactured housing units to establish a baseline. Future milestones include testing and rating alternative housing options, and developing a housing option “compendium” for matching specific disaster conditions to viable housing options.
  • FEMA Housing Portal:  This site has been deactivated.   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.
Last Updated: 
03/15/2018 - 14:40