ORLANDO, Fla. – Only days remain for homeowners and renters in Hamilton County who had losses related to Hurricane Irma to apply for federal disaster assistance.
Survivors have until Friday, March 9 to complete the two step process.
The first step is to apply for FEMA help.
The second step is to return a completed application for a low-interest disaster loan if a survivor was referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration after applying with FEMA.
FEMA cannot make survivors whole, but it may help recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make homes habitable. They may also receive rental assistance to help with a place to stay while working on a recovery plan.
The SBA may contact survivors about low-interest disaster loans for homeowners and renters after you apply for FEMA help. There’s no obligation to accept a loan offer, but survivors may miss out on potential federal disaster assistance.
Hurricane Irma survivors in Hamilton County may contact FEMA to register by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Help is available in many languages. Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, seven days a week.
Survivors may also apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA at Disasterloan.sba.gov.
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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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.