FEMA may be able to provide rental assistance to some

Rental assistance will be extended

FRANKFORT, Ky. Courtesy of (Kentucky Today) – Those who lost their homes to historic flooding in eastern Kentucky and received initial rent assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be eligible for ongoing rental assistance.

This assistance is for residents of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties. To be eligible for continued temporary housing assistance, they must meet the following conditions:

–They received initial rental assistance for two months and used it as intended.

–They are unable to return to their pre-disaster residence because it is uninhabitable, inaccessible or unavailable due to recent flooding.

–They can’t afford housing without help.

–They do not receive temporary housing assistance from any other source.

–They develop a long-term or permanent housing plan or can demonstrate progress towards such a plan.

Survivors requesting ongoing assistance must complete an Application for Ongoing Temporary Housing Assistance. To request this form, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Applicants must submit the following documents with the completed application:

–Pre-disaster and post-disaster income for household members aged 18 and over.

— Proof of pre-disaster housing costs (copy of lease and utility bills, tenant’s insurance, mortgage statements, property taxes, home insurance, etc.)

— Proof of accommodation costs after disaster (copy of the current lease or rental contract signed by the applicant and the owner).

The application and supporting documents must be returned to FEMA in one of the following ways:

–Upload them to the applicant’s disaster account at DisasterAssistance.gov.

–Send to FEMA, PO Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055.

–Fax them to 800-827-8112.

Visit the nearest DRC to complete the application or submission.

FEMA will evaluate the application to determine if the applicant is eligible. It is important that applicants keep FEMA up to date with their contact information and housing status.

Landlords and tenants who have not applied for disaster assistance can apply online for www.assistancecatastrophe.gov, call 800-621-3362 or use FEMA mobile app. The deadline is September 28.

Since the federal disaster declaration, more than $120.4 million in federal assistance has been approved. This breaks down into Individual Assistance: $64.6 million, Housing Assistance: $53.4 million, Other Needs Assistance: $11.1 million. US Small Business Administration $39.2 million and National Flood Insurance: $16.5 million.

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