Is LER the same as Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)?

No. LER is reimbursement for out-of-pocket lodging expenses (lodging and tax) that are not covered by insurance benefits like additional living expenses or loss of use. Assistance is not provided directly to the hotel or up-front to the survivor but is reimbursed to the survivor after receipts are provided showing the out of pocket expense when it incurred 

TSA allows eligible survivors to stay temporarily in participating hotels or motels when other housing options are not available after a presidentially declared disaster. TSA-eligible applicants do not receive the cost of their accommodations. The stay is paid for directly from FEMA to the participating lodging provider.

25 Louisiana parishes are designated for FEMA assistance for Hurricane Ida: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Apply online at or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

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