Federal and state agencies, nonprofits continue to assist survivors in their recovery
WASHINGTON – In the 30 days since Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, disaster survivors have received more than $ 660 million in grants and $ 211 million in low-interest loans storm survivors, while state and federal government efforts remain focused on helping survivors and communities. . Additional aid such as blue roofs and emergency hotel assistance is helping provide shelter to thousands of families who are rebuilding their lives.
Recovery efforts for survivors include help with safe shelter, rent assistance, home repairs, and help with serious needs such as medical, childcare, moving and storage costs.
Louisiana survivors are taking control of their own recovery by applying to FEMA, uploading documents, visiting disaster recovery centers and staying in touch to be notified of changes to their information. FEMA deployed personnel to support survivors before, during and after the arrival of Hurricane Ida. At the height of the response, nearly 1,500 federal employees participated in the response efforts.
Aid funds continue to increase
- A major effort has already been made to help Louisiana recover from Hurricane Ida. To date, nearly 500,000 individuals and households have been approved for more than $ 660 million help.
- More … than $ 223 million of that amount is intended for rent assistance, which survivors can use for security deposits, rent, and the cost of essential utilities, such as gas and water.
- More … than $ 111 million helping survivors repair their damaged homes. As inspections are completed, this number will continue to increase.
- And $ 318 million for other assistance needs. This funding is intended for serious needs such as medical, funeral, childcare, moving and storage expenses or other essential items purchased, such as generators and chainsaws.
- The US Small Business Administration has approved more than $ 211 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, tenants and businesses.
- The National Flood Insurance Program paid nearly $ 77 million in claims to policyholders.
- For survivors of Ida in Louisiana, eligibility for critical needs assistance has been expanded. Accordingly, a supplement 120,000 Applicants for Hurricane Ida have been approved for Critical Needs Assistance.
Families use aid for safe shelter
- FEMA provides temporary housing assistance through the Transitional Shelering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors who cannot live in their primary residence to stay temporarily in a participating hotel or motel, which FEMA pays directly.
- To date, more than 19,600 households have checked in at participating hotels, and approximately 8,000 continue to use the program.
Federal specialists in parishes
- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams help survivors register for help and provide answers to their questions. DSA staff met more than 51,000 people and helped nearly 14,000 survivors ask FEMA for help.
- Currently, 16 disaster recovery centers are open. There was almost 8,000 visits at centers, where survivors can speak face to face with recovery specialists about a wide range of assistance programs.
- The US Army Corps of Engineers has installed more than 9,000 blue roofs, allowing families to live in their homes while permanent repairs are made.
- The SBA has opened five Business Recovery Centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help businesses complete their applications.
- FEMA Disability Integration Specialists work with state and local community leaders to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to disaster assistance.
- The Louisiana Association of the Deaf and the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf organized two events for deaf survivors affected by Hurricane Ida. Between the two events, a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and four FEMA American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters worked alongside a CDI interpreter and eight ASL interpreters from surrounding communities to help support more than 250 deaf people. The FEMA community and interpreters helped Deaf survivors seek FEMA assistance and verify the status of their request. Survivors were also able to have damaged video phones replaced with Purple VRS.
Survivors who need help appealing a decision
Hurricane Ida survivors who are considering appealing a FEMA decision should keep the following helpful information in mind:
- Read the FEMA letter carefully to understand what the agency is asking of you.
- You must include evidence to support your appeal request, such as:
- Letters from your insurance company to support your case.
- A copy of a utility bill or driver’s license to prove occupancy.
- A copy of your mortgage or insurance documents to prove that you own your home.
Assistance programs help communities recover
- President Biden has extended the period of 100% federal funding for debris removal and emergency protection measures, including direct federal assistance, from 30 to 45 days. The federal share for all categories of public aid, including direct federal aid, has been increased to 90% of the total eligible costs.
For the latest information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account on twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.