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FEMA Assistance Grants Won’t Affect Federal Entitlements, Social Security

Release date: 
March 22, 2019
Release Number: 
DR-4419-AL NR 010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After the severe storms, wind and tornadoes tore into Alabama on March 3, residents in Lee County became eligible for federal assistance. Yet some people who suffered losses and damage in the wake of the disaster have not yet chosen to seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Often people think that any money they are granted from FEMA will cause other federal assistance to be reduced or eliminated, or it will count as taxable income.
FEMA disaster-assistance grants will have no such affect.

FEMA grants are not taxable income and won’t affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or other public-assistance programs.

Find out if you qualify for FEMA help by:

• Visiting
• Calling 800-621-3362 (TTY) 800-462-7585
• Using the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices at app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

• Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
• Current mailing address.
• Current telephone number.
• Insurance information.
• Total household annual income.
• Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows direct transfer of funds into a bank account).
• A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.


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

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.


Last Updated: 
April 2, 2019 - 13:11