FEMA Provides Aid for Renters Displaced by Hurricane Sandy

by | Dec 10, 2012 | Rental Property Management Tips

FEMA wants to make it clear: help is not limited only to homeowners. Renters, too, may qualify.

“Hurricane Sandy did not discriminate between homeowners and renters and neither do we,” said Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo, who leads FEMA’s mission in Rhode Island. “We want to ensure that all survivors get the assistance they are eligible to receive.”

FEMA offers two kinds of help to renters: 

Temporary Housing: If the rental unit was made uninhabitable by the disaster, a FEMA grant can help pay for renting a place to live until tenants find new permanent housing. FEMA offers free assistance to find a replacement rental property.
Other Needs: Money is available for necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster that are not covered by insurance or other programs. Items such as textbooks and computers used for education, professional tools, household furnishings, appliances, disaster-related medical or dental costs and storm damage to vehicles may qualify.

For tenants to determine if they are eligible for assistance, they must register with FEMA no later than January 14, 2013, or call 800-621-FEMA (3362) for more information.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual legal counsel or consulting your local, state, federal or provincial tenancy laws.

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