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Continued Rental Assistance with FEMA Only Takes Two Steps

Release date: 
January 22, 2018
Release Number: 
102

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Hurricanes Irma and Maria survivors who are receiving rental assistance from FEMA may be eligible for continued rental assistance.

 To be eligible for continued temporary 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-disaster residence because it is uninhabitable, cannot be accessed or is not available due to the disaster.
  • You cannot pay for housing without assistance.
  • You are not receiving temporary housing help from any other source.
  • You are developing a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one.

Applying for Continued Rental Assistance requires two simple steps:

  1. Complete an Application for Continued Temporary Housing Assistance. For homeowners whose FEMA verified real property loss exceeds the amount initially awarded, the application is automatically mailed after the initial rental assistance award, otherwise, the applicant must call FEMA’s helpline to request it. In the case of renters, they must call FEMA’s helpline to request the application.
  2. Return the complete form to FEMA by taking it to a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) or mailing it to FEMA, P. O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-8055. You can also upload it to your Disaster Account Center at www.disasterassistance.gov or fax it to 800-827-8112.

FEMA will evaluate your request for continued rental assistance to determine if you are eligible. If you did not receive the form, lost it or have questions, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voice, 711 or Voice Relay Service), TTY: 800-462-7585 (press 2 for Spanish). Lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Or visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To find your closest DRC, go to our website: Fema.gov/DRC.

It is important to keep FEMA updated with your contact information and housing status. Rental assistance extensions run for three-month periods and up to 18 months if found eligible, allowing survivors time to make progress toward finding long-term solutions. FEMA encourages rental assistance participants to develop a permanent housing plan while they’re receiving temporary housing. Survivors who have difficulty creating a plan may call the FEMA helpline or visit a DRC for assistance.

Whether you are a homeowner or renter and your home is uninhabitable, you can still apply for rental assistance as registration with FEMA has been extended to March 20, 2018. FEMA rental assistance may be used for a house, apartment, hotel, motel, or other kind of living space that is available for rent. To date, FEMA has approved more than $100 million in rental assistance to survivors in Puerto Rico and the Continental United States.

For more information on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico recovery, visit the Hurricane María disaster web page at www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria, the FEMA Puerto Rico Facebook page at www.facebook.com/femapuertorico, or the FEMA Region II Twitter account at www.twitter.com/femaregion2.

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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-FEMA (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 22, 2018 - 14:39