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Fact Sheet: Need Continued Rental Assistance? Simply Take Two Important Steps

Release date: 
September 26, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey survivors who have received temporary housing assistance from FEMA, yet still have a continuing need for that assistance, and are eligible for it, only need to take two steps at this point to receive additional federal funding:

1. Complete a Declaration of Continuing Need for Rental Assistance:

  • Survivors with additional housing needs must complete the Declaration of Continuing Need for Rental Assistance form.
  • This is a legal document mailed to the rental assistance recipient 15 days after the rental assistance grant is received.

2. Return the Form to FEMA in the following ways:

  • Mail the completed form to: FEMA, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-8055;
  • Fax it to (800) 827-8112; or
  • Upload it to your FEMA Disaster Assistance Center account, available online at Click on Check Status to login or create an account.

If you did not receive the form, lost it or have questions, contact the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711 or Voice Relay Service) or TTY (800) 462-7585, or visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To find the nearest DRC use:

To be eligible for Continued Rental Assistance, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You were awarded initial rental assistance and used it as intended.
  • You are unable to return to your pre-Harvey residence because it is unlivable, cannot be accessed or is not usable due to the disaster.
  • You do not have money for housing without assistance.
  • You are not being given temporary housing help from any other source.

Hurricane survivors can receive up to 18 months of Continued Rental Assistance, plus the security
deposit, allowing them time to make progress toward finding long-term solutions.


Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59