FEMA Individual Assistance Now Available for Those Affected by Imelda

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now offering assistance to Houston residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

Applications for FEMA Individual Assistance for Imelda recovery will be open until Dec. 3, 2019.

FEMA may provide Houston home owners, certain types of renters, and businesses with the following types of assistance:

  • Home/Primary Residence: FEMA provides assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster. If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance. If your home was impacted by a major disaster, FEMA recommends that you apply for assistance: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
    • NOTE: FEMA does not offer assistance for a secondary home. Federal guidelines only allows FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.
  • Business: FEMA does not offer assistance for small businesses impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster. However, FEMA partners with the Small Business Administration (SBA), which offers low interest loans for business damages. Learn more about the business loan application process: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
  • Other Needs Assistance: FEMA offers disaster assistance for some of your other disaster-caused expenses including, medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.

Visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance or call 1-800-621-FEMA for more information. Residents can visit www.houstonrecovers.org for additional recovery information. 

Información en español: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/es