Hermine Survivors Receive Federal Aid
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Florida and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced today more than $7.3 million in disaster assistance grants and loans has been distributed to Hurricane Hermine-affected homeowners and renters.
To date, FEMA distributed $4.8 million in grants to individuals and households for temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs. SBA distributed nearly $2.5 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes, providing financial assistance for long-term rebuilding and contents replacement. FEMA grants are limited to assisting with immediate recovery needs, such as safe housing.
Survivors with questions regarding the application or the appeals process, or who need to register for assistance, may contact FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or Video Relay Service/VRS) at 800-621-3362. (TTY users should call 800-462-7585.) The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available for Spanish (Press #2) and other languages (stay on the line and ask the operator for your language).
Disaster recovery centers (DRC) also are open to provide face-to-face assistance. Citrus County’s DRC is located in the West Citrus Center at Meadowcrest and is open Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm. Survivors requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille Large Print, etc.) while visiting a disaster recovery center may call the appropriate Helpline number above to receive support.