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Renters and Students May Be Eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance

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August 28, 2017
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Midland, Mich. – FEMA Individual Assistance is not only for homeowners. It is also available for eligible renters and students.

Renters and students at colleges or universities in the four declared Michigan counties – Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland – could be eligible for FEMA disaster assistance if their residences were damaged by the storms and flooding June 22-27.

Both renters and students also may qualify for a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for essential personal property and other needs. FEMA grants can include help paying for disaster-related expenses such as:

  • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property, such as furniture, appliances, clothing, text books or school supplies;
  • Replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment required by the self-employed;
  • Primary vehicles; and
  • Medical and dental bills.

Students don’t need to be permanent residents of the designated counties to be eligible for assistance, but the property damage or loss must have occurred in a declared county.

Renters and students also may qualify for a low-interest, long-term disaster assistance loan of up to $40,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to replace lost or damaged personal property.

The first step is to register with FEMA. Anyone impacted by the June 22-27 storms and flooding is encouraged to call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week.

Michigan Speech to Speech Relay Services:

  • English: 1-866-656-9826
  • Spanish: 1-866-656-9827

The deadline to register for assistance is Oct. 2, 2017.


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

Last Updated: 
August 28, 2017 - 16:15