BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Since Hurricane Ida swept through southeast Louisiana two months ago, leaving dozens of parishes with severe damage and loss, disaster survivors have received more than $ 889 million in federal grants and were approved for more than $ 816 million in low interest loans to improve their recovery. Another $ 297 million was paid to survivors as part of the National Flood Insurance Program claims.
Survivors – and their communities – continue to clean, start repairing or rebuilding their homes with future disasters in mind, and support their neighbors. The response from the State of Louisiana, FEMA, and local and nonprofit partners has helped put Louisiana on the road to recovery, and survivors can be confident that FEMA and its partners will continue to work together to help those affected by Ida to rebuild their lives and their communities. . The deadline to apply for FEMA help has been extended to November 29, 2021.
As of October 28, total federal disaster assistance includes:
Over $ 889 million in total financial assistance and direct services to those with necessary eligible expenses as a result of the disaster and unable to meet those needs through insurance or other means.
Of that, $ 492 million includes housing assistance to help homeowners repair or replace damage to residential properties caused by the disaster and / or for a safe place to stay while they recover.
$ 396 million is for other assistance needs to cover necessary disaster-related expenses such as medical bills, cleaning, repair or replacement of essential household items or vehicles and other non-essential needs. related to housing.
Over $ 816 million approved in US Small Business Administration loans, including over $ 782 million for homeowners and tenants and over $ 34 million for businesses to repair, rebuild and replace property and content damaged and for economic damage.
Over $ 297 million in claims paid to over 4,500 National Flood Insurance policyholders.
Federal housing assistance provides:
Rental assistance for more than 179,000 owners and tenants.
Direct assistance with temporary housing for 10 of the most affected parishes, providing several housing solutions for Louisiana survivors.
As FEMA’s direct temporary housing gains momentum, the state is helping survivors in hardest-hit parishes who are in immediate housing needs. Survivors interested in the state-run Hurricane Ida Shelter Program can visit idashelteringla.com or call 844-268-0301 to register.
In another important step, the contractors of the US Army Corps of Engineers installed 33,200 “blue roofs” in the area affected by the storm, allowing the survivors to live in their own homes while they carry out repairs.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers received nearly 33,269 visitors seeking disaster assistance or information, while Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams visited 143,544 homes , made 27,812 referrals to various community resources and helped 15,254 people apply to FEMA.
The fastest ways to request FEMA assistance are to apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
SBA representatives are also available at disaster recovery centers, and businesses and residents can also visit Disaster Assistance (sba.gov), call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800- 659-2955 or email [email protected] for information to apply.
If you have questions about how to repair and rebuild in a safer and stronger way, FEMA mitigation specialists can help. To learn more, call 833-FEMA-4-US to speak with a mitigation specialist or visit https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit, for Spanish https://fema.connectsolutions.com / la-es-mit, for Vietnamese https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-vie-mit.
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/.