FEMA: Disaster assistance exceeds $2 billion

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Since Hurricane Ida, over $2 billion of FEMA disaster assistance has been granted to survivors.

According to FEMA, as of Oct. 27, total federal disaster assistance includes:

  • More than $889 million in total financial help and direct services to those who have necessary eligible expenses following the disaster and are unable to meet those needs through insurance or other means.
  • $492 million of that amount includes housing assistance to help homeowners repair or replace residential property damage from the disaster and/or for a safe place to stay while they recover.
  • $396 million is for Other Needs Assistance to cover necessary, disaster-related expenses such as medical bills, cleaning, repair or replacement of essential household items or vehicles and other non-housing needs.
  • More than $816 million approved in U.S. Small Business Administration loans, with more than $782 million for homeowners and renters and more than $34 million for businesses to repair, rebuild and replace damaged property and contents and for economic injury.
  • More than $297 million in claims paid to more than 4,500 National Flood Insurance policyholders.

The deadline to apply for assistance has been extended to Nov. 29.

To apply for assistance, visit disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.

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