FEMA disaster funds now available for renters

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:43pm
Staff reports

It may seem as though much of the federal recovery funds flowing into Tennessee are aimed at homeowners and businesses, but a program announced Wednesday will assist renters who suffered losses in May floods.

Renters whose homes — apartments, mobile homes or houses — were made uninhabitable due to severe storm damage may qualify for assistance from FEMA’s Individual and Households Program.

This program offers funds to rent alternative housing while repairs are made to their dwelling and free help to find new rental property.

Another option for some renters may be Other Needs Assistance, designed to help survivors with uninsured, but necessary, expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster.

Funds may be used for disaster-related medical and dental expenses, funeral and burial expenses and replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster including clothing, household items such as room furnishings or appliances and primary vehicles and approved second vehicles damaged by the disaster.

Tennesseans, in the counties designated for individual assistance, may apply online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 6.

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