Washington, DC -- Renters in the District of Columbia who experienced disaster-related losses caused by the flooding of Aug. 10-12 may be eligible for several district and federal recovery assistance programs.
"FEMA disaster housing programs support renters as well as homeowners," said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Housing funds are available prior to applying for a U.S. Small Business Administration loan. These funds may be used to rent alternative housing if the primary residence was rendered uninhabitable by the floods."
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for uninsured personal property losses are available at below market rates. If storm victims have insurance, they may still be eligible for a loan to pay for losses not covered by insurance. They need not wait for an insurance settlement before filling out an SBA loan application.
Renters who do not qualify for a loan may be eligible for assistance from the Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) if they lost essential personal property such as furniture and automobiles in the flooding.
Applicants can register by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number at 1-800-462-9029. Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate individuals for their entire loss. If an individual has insurance, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered under their insurance policy. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other help may come in the form of SBA disaster loans.
Persons needing information on the Temporary Rental Assistance Program, or any other disaster assistance program, can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Lines are open 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.