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FACT SHEET: Temporary Housing for Hurricane Michael Survivors

Release date: 
November 9, 2018
Release Number: 
R4-DR-4399-FL FS 010

FEMA is working closely with the State of Florida to help survivors recover from Hurricane Michael.

Renters and homeowners must register with FEMA to be considered for disaster housing assistance, which may be provided if you have no other housing options and your permanent dwelling is uninhabitable.

FEMA temporary housing assistance is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

What Type of Housing Assistance Best Fits Your Situation?

Rental Assistance

Rental Assistance provides temporary financial help for adequate rental housing during ongoing repairs to your damaged dwelling, or if you need to find permanent housing in another location. Since rental resources and housing may be limited in some areas, you may have to look outside your immediate community.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance

On a case-by-case basis, FEMA may pay for lodging at participating hotels while survivors find long-term housing or finish repairs to their damaged residence. You must be a disaster assistance applicant in Bay, Gulf or Jackson counties without a place to live to be considered for TSA.

Direct Housing

Direct Temporary Housing provides manufactured housing, including recreational vehicles (RVs) and mobile homes.

Because of extensive damage to local housing and the number of people affected, Direct Temporary Housing has been approved for Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf and Jackson counties.

Due to limited housing options in some counties, it is not guaranteed you will be provided Direct Housing in or near your neighborhood.

The state of Florida and FEMA have approved Direct Temporary Housing in the following ways:

• RVs may be used when there is a housing need of six months or less. RVs may be placed in commercial parks or on approved private sites.

• Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) may be used as a longer-term solution for both homeowners and renters when repairs take longer to complete.

• Multi-Family Lease and Repair involves FEMA repairing and making improvements in existing multi-family housing, working with owners to make more short-term lodging available for survivors.

Apply with FEMA to be considered for Rental Assistance, Transitional Sheltering Assistance or Direct Housing Assistance

• You may apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 for TTY users.

• When registering for disaster assistance, you will be asked to provide information about the damage to your dwelling. A scheduled FEMA inspection will verify if your home is unsafe, uninhabitable or inaccessible.

• FEMA cannot duplicate assistance received from your insurance company.

• Additional phone interviews may be needed to determine if you qualify for housing assistance. Those approved for housing assistance must demonstrate an ongoing effort to find long-term housing and that they remain eligible.

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FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

For a list of resources available to individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Michael, visit www.floridadisaster.org/info

For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4399.

Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMA and the Division’s Facebook pages at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.

Last Updated: 
November 9, 2018 - 07:41