FEMA outlines eligibility for direct temporary housing

Hurricane Ida

In this aerial photo, the remains of damaged homes are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, in Grand Isle, La. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — FEMA has outlined eligibility for direct temporary housing for Hurricane Ida survivors.

According to FEMA officials, eligibility includes:

  • Homeowners or renters whose home received major damage (significant structural damage that requires extensive repairs and is not safe, sanitary or functional to live in) or has been destroyed (total loss or damaged to such an extent that repair is not feasible) as a result of Hurricane Ida (based on the FEMA inspection); and are
  • Pre-disaster residents of one of the 10 parishes designated for FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing assistance: Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne.

FEMA says direct temporary housing options include:

  • Transportable Temporary Housing Units – FEMA may place a travel trailer or Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) on a private site or in a commercial park. FEMA may also coordinate with state and local officials to construct group sites for several transportable housing units. Applicants approved for a travel trailer or MHU must sign a Revocable License and Receipt of Government Property prior to moving into the unit.
  • Direct Lease – FEMA may lease existing, ready-to-occupy residential properties for use as temporary housing. Eligible property types may include vacation rentals, corporate apartments, second homes, single-family homes, cooperatives, condominiums, townhouses, and other readily fabricated dwellings. Direct lease is for eligible applicants whose housing needs cannot be met with other direct temporary housing assistance options.
  • Multi-family Lease and Repair – FEMA funds the repair or improvement of existing vacant multi-family rental properties that eligible applicants can use for temporary housing. Applicants approved for Multi-family Lease and Repair or Direct Lease must sign a temporary housing agreement with FEMA and an occupant lease with the property owner prior to moving into the unit.

If an applicant meets the requirement, then a FEMA official will reach out. If applicants do not fit the criteria for direct temporary housing then they may qualify for FEMA rental assistance. Those in need of immediate housing options are urged to register for the Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program by visiting idashelteringla.com or calling 844-268-0301.

To apply for assistance, visit disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app.

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