Federal aid available for Northeast Florida

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

Citizens may be eligible for grants and loans for home repairs, rental assistance for temporary housing, reemployment assistance benefits, small business loans and crisis counseling. "If you live in a county that has not been designated, call your insurance company, document any damages, and save all receipts".

The individual assistance is available to people in 37 counties, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

To dispel some of the false rumors circulating on the internet and social media, FEMA has a dedicated website to address some of the most common themes.

If granted, the designation would allow the Central Florida counties directly affected by Hurricane Irma to apply for FEMA financial assistance under the individuals and household program.

Describe the damage caused by the disaster.

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Eligibility has been confirmed for residents of Marion County to receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBAs secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Other financial assistance options include The Red Cross. SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance - Only individuals or households who do not qualify for a loan from the SBA may be eligible for the following types of assistance: Personal Property Assistance: To fix or replace essential household items including, but not limited to, furnishings and appliances, accessibility items defined within the Americans with Disabilities Act, and specialized tools and protective clothing required by an employer.

Select the "find assistance" button on www.DisasterAssistance.gov for a personalized list. Having seen the damage in our impacted areas first hand with local response leaders, I greatly appreciate Governor Scott's requests and President Trump's approval of federal assistance for our communities.

"Please don't wait for disaster recovery centers to open".

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