ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 15, 2017 – Homeowners or renters receiving rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be able to extend their funding help for two more months.
FEMA says the rental assistance extension applies to people A) who demonstrate their disaster-related need, and B) can explain their permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward creating one. A contractor's estimate of repairs, for example, could be used to show progress.
A permanent housing plan is one that would put FEMA-helped renters back into permanent safe, sanitary and functional housing within a reasonable timeframe.
Documenting need for Continued Rental Assistance
- A copy of the current lease
- Receipts showing the proper use of federal disaster housing assistance
- Current household income status
- List of any household financial obligations
Extensions on rental assistance may be granted for three-month periods, up to a maximum of 18 months from the date of the presidential disaster declaration: Sept. 10, 2017.
FEMA to homeowners:
If the FEMA Verified Loss exceeds the amount of initial Rental Assistance award you received, the application to request Continued Temporary Rental Assistance will be mailed to you after you receive your initial rental assistance award.
If your FEMA Verified Loss does not exceed the initial Rental Assistance award, you will need to call the FEMA Helpline – 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS); if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 – and ask for an application for Continued Temporary Rental Assistance.
You also may visit a disaster recovery center (DRC). DRC information is also available on the FEMA Mobile App.
FEMA to renters:
You need to call the FEMA Helpline as listed above and ask for an application for Continued Temporary Rental Assistance. Your request will be evaluated to determine if you are eligible for the extension, but there is no guarantee of rental assistance past the first two months.
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