More than 28,000 Louisiana households approved for FEMA grants

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- As Louisiana residents get approved for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance, the department is asking recipients to use the grants “wisely”.

More than 28,000 Louisiana households have been approved for FEMA grants after the disaster of Hurricane Laura, according to FEMA.

FEMA says the following are proper uses for the grant:

  • Repairs to make a home habitable
  • Rental assistance to temporarily pay for a place to stay
  • Repair or replacement of a disaster-damaged essential vehicle
  • Medical care for an injury caused by the disaster
  • Replacing clothing, occupational tools and educational materials
  • Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster

FEMA advises for recipients to keep receipts for three years to have proof of how the grant money was spent.

“Disaster grants should not be used for travel, entertainment, regular living expenses or any discretionary expenses not related to the disaster,” according to FEMA.

Residents in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, Vernon and Winn parishes have until Tuesday, October 27 to apply for federal disaster help.

Those who still need to register for FEMA grants can do so here.

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