CHICAGO – More than $58.5 million has already been approved in FEMA grants and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans to help residents affected by the June 25-26, 2021 flooding in southeast Michigan.
Here is a snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of August 4:
- More than 17,240 households have been approved for $51.2 million in FEMA grant funding, including:
- More than $43.6 million in housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
- Nearly $7.59 million approved for other essential disaster-related needs such as expenses related to medical, dental and lost personal possessions.
- More than 26,588 home inspections have been completed.
- Five Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and two Document Drop-off Centers (DDCs) have been opened in the declared areas of Wayne and Washtenaw counties, to provide individuals with in-person help through their application process. Mobile Registration Centers are also popping up, the most recent one at the VA Medical Center in Detroit.
- Mitigation specialists have spoken with more than 500 individuals in two hardware stores providing advice on preventing flood damage and removing mold and mildew.
- National Flood Insurance Program has paid out more than $365,400 in flood insurance
- The SBA has approved $7.3 million in low-interest disaster loans, with more than 243 loan applications approved.
Individuals in Washtenaw and Wayne counties with uninsured or under insured losses from the June 25 -26 storms are encouraged to apply for federal assistance.
There are several ways to start the process:
- Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;
- Using the FEMA App; or
- Call 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay). TTY users can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
- DRCs are open, to find your nearest center visit FEMA’s DRC locator page at https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.
Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (American Sign Language interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.
For more information about Michigan’s recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4607. The deadline for individuals to apply for disaster assistance is Sept. 13, 2021.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. Reasonable accommodations, including translation and American Sign Language interpreters via Video Relay Service will be available to ensure effective communication with applicants with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and access and functional needs. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay). If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.