BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – FEMA rental assistance may be available to Louisiana residents ousted from their homes due to severe storms, tornados and flooding in May.
FEMA says the initial rental award is for two months and may be reviewed for further assistance.
The rental assistance is a temporary solution for residents while they make repairs to their damaged homes or have a place to stay until they find a new place to rent.
FEMA is providing options such as renting an apartment, home or travel trailer so that survivors are able to stay near their jobs, schools, homes and places of worship. They said that housing is in short supply so finding a suitable replacement home won’t be immediate.
FEMA outlined that rental assistance funds can be used for security deposits, rent and paying for utilities, however, funds cannot be used for cable or Internet payments.
Rental assistance will be applicable to residents in Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville or Lafayette parishes. FEMA suggests following these steps if your home is inhabitable and seek a place to stay:
- File a claim with your insurance company. Your homeowners or renters insurance company will provide a settlement document that you will need to provide to FEMA. It may take time to get this document, so file your claim as soon as possible. Also, check with your insurance agent to see if your policy covers additional living expenses (ALE). ALE may pay for relocating to a temporary residence.
- Apply for FEMA assistance right away. If you have insurance, tell FEMA and submit your settlement documents for review once you receive them. FEMA cannot determine your final eligibility status until this information is complete. If your policy does not include ALE, or if you use up this coverage and you still cannot live in your home, you may be eligible for rental assistance from FEMA. You can apply by going online to disasterassistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app or by calling the Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
For more information from FEMA about disaster assistance, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4606.