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OpenFEMA Dataset: Individual Assistance Housing Registrants Large Disasters - V1

This page documents the metadata for the Individual Assistance Housing Registrants Large Disasters API data feed.

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1.1. What is the data in the submission?

Individual Assistance is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to individuals and families who have sustained losses due to disasters.

Homeowners, renters, and business owners in designated counties who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, businesses, or inventory as a result of a federally declared disaster may apply for disaster assistance.

Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other serious disaster-related expenses.

Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, medical waiver programs, welfare assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, or Social Security Disability Insurance.

This dataset contains detailed non-PII data on the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). FEMA provides assistance to individuals and households through the Individual Assistance (IA) program, which includes all of the following: Mass Care and Emergency Assistance (MC/EA); Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP); Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); Disaster Legal Services (DLS); Disaster Case Management (DCM); and Individuals and Households Program (IHP). IHP is comprised of two categories of assistance: Housing Assistance (HA) and Other Needs Assistance (ONA). For more information read FEMA's IHP unified guidance:

Individual data elements and descriptions are listed in the metadata information within the dataset.

1.2. How is it generated?

The data is derived from the National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS). The system has been used since 1998 to process all cases for FEMA's Individual Assistance (IA) program as the system of record. The dataset was extracted using FEMA's Enterprise Data Warehouse to ensure reliable, uniform data.

1.3. How can the data be used?

The data can be used to analyze FEMA's IA program response attributes. This could particularly help local and state governments and non-governmental organizations put together applications for funding from the Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program for rebuilding efforts during and after major disaster declarations. This data was instrumental in Hurricane Sandy community rebuilding and is designed for use in the 2017 hurricane season recovery and beyond.

OpenFEMA customers can comprehensively identify data trends that demonstrate needs of particular communities. For example, large numbers of households with elderly residents in areas susceptible to flooding who may need specific design considerations in home elevation, or low-income renters concentrated in communities where additional assistance may be needed to improve recovery.

Community groups assisting survivors with their recovery must have accurate and comprehensive data to allocate resources and design recovery programs to accurately and fairly meet the true needs of disaster survivors, particularly the most vulnerable households and communities. The public must have access to this data in order to understand and evaluate state and local recovery plans, and advocate for an effective and equitable recovery.



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idIDstringSystem generated unique identifier
disasterNumberDisaster NumberstringUnique FEMA numerical identifer for each disaster declaration
damagedCityDamaged CitystringDamaged Dwelling City
damagedStateAbbreviationDamaged State AbbreviationstringDamaged Dwelling State Abbreviation
damagedZipCodeDamaged Zip CodestringDamaged Dwelling Zip Code
householdCompositionHousehold CompositionnumberNumber of individuals living in household at time of damage
grossIncomeGross IncomenumberSelf-reported Gross Income
specialNeedsSpecial Needs IndicatorbooleanApplicant requires special accommodations to use FEMA assistance
ownRentOwner or RenterstringApplicant is Owner or Renter of Dwelling
residenceTypeResidence TypestringDamaged Dwelling Residence Type
homeOwnersInsuranceHome Owners InsurancebooleanDoes the applicant have Home Owner's Insurance?
floodInsuranceFlood Insurance IndicatorbooleanDoes the applicant have flood insurance?
inspectedInspected IndicatorbooleanHas the applicant been inspected by FEMA?
rpfvlRP FVLnumberReal property damage amount observed by FEMA
habitabilityRepairsRequiredHabitability Repairs RequiredbooleanAre repairs required to make the dwelling habitable?
destroyedDestroyedbooleanIs structure permanently uninhabitable?
waterLevelWater LevelnumberTotal depth of water in damaged dwelling
floodDamageFlood Damage IndicatorbooleanWas damage caused by flooding?
foundationDamageFoundation Damage IndicatorbooleanHas the damaged dwelling's foundation been damaged?
foundationDamageAmountFoundation Damage AmountnumberFoundation damage amount observed by FEMA
roofDamageRoof Damage IndicatorbooleanHas the damage dwelling's roof been damaged?
roofDamageAmountRoof Damage AmountnumberRoof damage amount observed by FEMA
tsaEligibleTemporary Sheltering Assistance EligiblebooleanIs applicant eligible for Temporary Sheltering Assistance?
tsaCheckedInTSA Checked InbooleanHas applicant checked in to FEMA provided Temporary Sheltering Assistance facility?
rentalAssistanceEligibleRental Assistance EligiblebooleanIs applicant eligible for FEMA rental assistance?
rentalAssistanceAmountRental Assistance AmountnumberAmount of Rental Assistance in dollars
repairAssistanceEligibleRepair Assistance EligiblebooleanIs applicant eligible for FEMA assistance to repair the damaged dwelling?
repairAmountRepair AmountnumberAmount of Repair Assistance in dollars
replacementAssistanceEligibleReplacement Assistance EligiblebooleanIs applicant eligible for FEMA assistance to replace the damaged dwelling?
replacementAmountReplacement AmountnumberAmount of Replacement Assistance in dollars
sbaEligibleSmall Business Association EligiblebooleanIs applicant eligible for a Small Business Association loan?
renterDamageLevelRenter Damage LevelstringLevel of Damage: Moderate, Major, Destroyed
rentalAssistanceEndDateRental Assistance End DatedateFinal Month applicant received Rental Assistance
rentalResourceCityRental Resource CitystringRental Resource City
rentalResourceStateAbbreviationRental Resource State AbbreviationstringRental Resource State Abbreviation
rentalResourceZipCodeRental Resource Zip CodestringRental Resource Zip Code
primaryResidencePrimary ResidencebooleanIs the applicant's damaged dwelling his/her primary residence?
personalPropertyEligiblePersonal Property EligiblebooleanIs the applicant eligible for FEMA's Other Needs Assistance (ONA) to cover damaged personal property
ppfvlPersonal Property Verified LossnumberFEMA Verified Loss captured during inspection of personal property
censusBlockIdCensus Block IDstringAddress-based 15-character code that is the concatenation of fields consisting of the 2-character state FIPS code, the 3-character county FIPS code, the 6-character census tract code, and the 4-character tabulation block code. Please see: CENSUS BLOCK ID MAY HAVE TO BE RE-FORMATTED IN EXCEL TO SEE THE ID CORRECTLY. CREATE A CUSTOM DATA TYPE WITH FIFTEEN HASH SYMBOLS: ###############
censusYearCensus YearnumberCensus period used to obtain Census Block ID
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11/07/2018 - 13:31