The residents of Florida continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Charley,
which destroyed their homes, businesses, and other property; injured and killed many
people; and left thousands homeless.
Do you, or someone you know, live an area declared a disaster by the President?
If so, you may be eligible for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA). GovBenefits is highlighting a few of the resources available to provide
Disaster Housing Program
The Disaster Housing Program provides housing assistance in the form of a grant
to individuals whose homes sustained damage as a result of a Presidentially
declared disaster. To qualify for assistance, the damaged home must be your
primary residence, and be located in the disaster-declared area. If insured, a
claim should be filed. This program provides grants for lodging expense
reimbursement, minimal home repairs, rental assistance and Mortgage and Rental
Assistance. A determination of the types of housing assistance you are eligible
to receive will be made if you apply. For further information visit http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?dispatch=browse&bid=430
Individual and Family Grants for Disaster Victims
The Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) provides money for the necessary
expenses of disaster victims, which cannot be met through other forms of
disaster assistance, including insurance. For further information visit http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?dispatch=browse&bid=436
Rural Disaster Housing Assistance
To assist qualified lower income rural families to meet emergency assistance
needs resulting from natural disaster to buy, build, rehabilitate, or improve
dwellings in rural areas. Funds are only available to the extent that funds are
not provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For the purpose
of administering these funds, natural disaster will only include those areas
identified by a Presidential declaration. For further information visit http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?dispatch=browse&bid=390
Additional news, information and disaster assistance about the latest hurricanes and storms may be
found by visiting the FEMA web site at www.fema.gov
or the DisasterHelp website at www.disasterhelp.gov.
The American Red Cross has set up shelters, is providing
food and water and is assisting in the location of family members in these
communities. To find out how you can help after Hurricane Charley visit the
American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.