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Policy, Guidance and Fact Sheets

This page contains information about policies, guidance, and publications of the FEMA Individual Assistance Program, including the FEMA Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide.

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More information about the Individuals and Households Program is available in this fact sheet.

FEMA Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG)

The IAPPG consolidates information on Individual Assistance (IA) programs offered by FEMA to a state, local, territorial, or tribal government jurisdiction affected by a disaster

Version 1.1 is an interim version being issued prior to a more extensive review and update planned for 2023. The IAPPG Version 1.1 includes changes that align policy to current processing guidance, lessons learned from recent natural disasters, and incorporates updates authorized by the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018. All previous versions of the IAPPG are available on the Archived: Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide.

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Expanded Assistance for Disaster Survivors

FEMA has recently changed the Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide to create additional flexibilities that ensure access to assistance is equitably provided to all survivors. The policy changes apply to disasters declared on or after August 23, 2021.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance

FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) provides Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA), a non-congregate sheltering form of assistance for eligible displaced disaster survivors taking refuge in emergency shelter locations when an incident results in the need for short-term emergency sheltering options.