The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the Territory of Puerto Rico and the State of Florida on September 10, 2017. Read the Puerto Rico Hurricane Irma (DR-4336) disaster declaration and the Florida Hurricane Irma (DR-4337) disaster declaration.
FEMA issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas on August 25, 2017. Read the Texas Hurricane Harvey (DR-4332) disaster declaration. FEMA also issued an Emergency Declaration for the State of Louisiana on August 28, 2017. Read the Louisiana Tropical Storm Harvey (EM-3382) emergency declaration.
All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by these events are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Toolkit located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs. The toolkit provides immediate access to Disaster Recovery Flyers, the Housing Counseling Disaster Program Guide and other HUD, FEMA, and other helpful resources.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00AM to 10:00PM (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “DART” on the subject line.