GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Survivors in Puerto Rico who are currently receiving rental assistance from FEMA or are participating in the agency’s Direct Housing program have until September 20, 2019 to develop a long-term housing plan and find permanent housing. Normally, these programs are available up to 18 months after the date of the disaster declaration.
FEMA Rental Assistance provides financial assistance to eligible pre-disaster homeowners or renters who were displaced from their primary residence as a result of hurricanes Irma or Maria. The assistance is intended to help pay rent for temporary housing and the cost of utilities.
Under the Direct Housing program, FEMA pays property owners through property management companies, allowing survivors a temporary place to live while rebuilding homes or establishing permanent housing.
These programs are not meant as a permanent housing solution for survivors. They offer temporary shelter while disaster survivors find a safe and habitable place to live.
As of July 25, FEMA has provided over $782 million in housing assistance.
More than $2 billion in low-interest disaster loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to help homeowners, renters and businesses rebuild.
As the deadline approaches for the FEMA Individual and Household program, which includes Rental Assistance and Direct Housing, FEMA representatives continue to meet with survivors regularly to help them develop a housing plan. Currently, case managers are available at Community Recovery Centers across the island to help connect families with unmet needs with organizations that may offer additional resources.
To find a case manager, visit your nearest Community Recovery Center. To find one in your area, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4339/CRC.
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) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.
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