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Property Owners Have Signed Up More than 3,000 Vacant Properties for Hurricane Irma and Maria Survivors

Release date: 
December 12, 2017
Release Number: 
DR-4339-PR NR 067

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –Property owners have enrolled more than 3,000 properties in FEMA’s program to offer temporary homes and apartments to Puerto Rico survivors affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

FEMA’s Direct Lease program provides temporary rental assistance to survivors while their homes are being repaired. It links landlords with vacant properties available to be rented to disaster survivors with immediate housing needs, creating a faster housing solution than survivors staying in shelters or their unsafe damaged home.

FEMA pays the rent for these units. Utility costs and other expenses not covered in the lease are the responsibility of the disaster survivor.

Homeowners and renters who are registered with FEMA may be eligible for Direct Lease. FEMA will notify applicants if they are eligible and when the lease would begin.

Property owners interested in participating in this program can email:

The deadline for Puerto Rico Hurricane Irma and Maria survivors to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 20, 2018.


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service.) Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800 -462-7585.

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:58