FEMA Urges Displaced Residents to Use its Housing Resources

The agency is telling residents impacted by Sandy to reach out for assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may be able to provide temporary housing or rental assistance to insured homeowners displaced by Hurricane Sandy, it reaffirmed recently, and it's urging residents in need to reach out.

With many homeowners waiting for insurance checks to arrive, FEMA realizes that housing assistance may still be needed in many cases.

FEMA may be able to help if any of these situations apply:

  • You used all the rent money that your insurance company provided under Alternative Living Expenses coverage and your home is not ready for occupancy.
  • Your insurance does not include Alternative Living Expenses.
  • Your insurance settlement for Hurricane Sandy has not arrived.

Residents can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov. They can also visit a disaster recovery center, or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or 711/VRS.

Homeowners who are already registered with FEMA can request rental assistance if they're experiencing a delay in insurance payment, according to a release. If you were told that your loses appeared to be covered by insurance you're still eligible for housing assistance if your settlement has been delayed for at least 30 days.
Those in need of housing assistance can also mail FEMA directly at:

National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

tim duffy January 14, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Saw today that the people were being told that their assistance has ended .To either pay their own way or leave the hotels.No extensions,that assistance is only to temporarily aleve the housing issue and now it's time to fend for yourselves good luck ! Aren't there still trailers being used in Katrina damaged areas or do we make too much money here in NJ. to qualify for the same treatment .This is just not right!
OCNJ Buzz January 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Election is officially over. No more votes or publicity stunts needed. We are on our own
1 step @ a time January 15, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I'm at a loss of words after reading this article. My family has been displaced and the only people I have to stay w/ have been displaced as well. FEMA what a joke! Hate to be negative but I'm living it and the truth is FEMA has been no help at all!
South End January 15, 2013 at 03:13 AM
My additional expenses are approximately $1900 a month - rent, utilities, and storage. We were told today that our new, additional expenses are not extraordinary, no more FEMA rent for YOU. Who can absorb an extra $1900 a month, even making good money????????????????????????
rureallysurprise January 15, 2013 at 03:29 AM
The State and Federal government is nuts. They expect you to be able to afford medical insurance at $1,900 a month for family health insurance too. That is not even a great plan..then I guess they expect you to pay additional $1.900 per month for rent, utilities and storage. So does all the people who only care about themselves that everyone is paying for their family's health insurance. That's ok! Just saying!
Debbie Smith January 15, 2013 at 09:28 AM
I live on Watson Ave. in Woodbrige and our house lost its' foudnation during Sandy. We are paying $2200/monthly for rent on top of our mortgage. We were denied FEMA assistance as well. Apparently, the $2200 is not an "exorbitant" cost and I should be able to afford it. In the meantime, no work has begun on my house since the insurance company is offering $20,000 for $60,000 worth of repairs. DISGUSTING
Deborah Bell (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Debbie, please get in touch with me. I'd like to do a story on your situation. You can call me at 732-306-7552 or email me at deborah.bell@patch.com.
Quaghogdigger January 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM
And lets not forget the 10x plus increase in flood ins. premiums that is coming....
art man January 15, 2013 at 01:56 PM
any rooms avaiable at 1600 pennsylvinia ave washington dc?
TheGreatHoax January 15, 2013 at 02:02 PM
http://www.redstate.com/ - 82k - Cached - Profiting on Disaster: NJ Senate Votes To Exclude Non-Union Construction Workers from Sandy recovery work. CALL CHRISTIE TELL HIM TO VETO! OR TAXPAYER $$ USED FOR OVERPAID UNION WORKERS AGAIN!!!!
Big Whitey January 15, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Good point that no one is talking about.What is flood insurance going to cost next year?How many survived Sandy, but will lose their house to $10,000 a year flood insurance.I think we would have been better off without FEMA. Just wait.
Charles Dinan January 15, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I own a nice / clean / 5 bedroom single family home in Ocean City New Jersey. It is empty through May. If you or someone you know is in need of residence please ask them to reach out to me. Charlie Dinan charlie@pfpusa.com
Mark Calendar January 15, 2013 at 08:10 PM
You shouldnt live in a flood zone. It is bad enough obama and the dems since fdr have been unconstitutionally using the income tax to redistribute wealth under the guise of a "safety net" but seriously even FDR and the raw deal would agree that the federal government shouldnt write insurance policies subsidized with federal tax revenue to pay off people that make bad real estate decisions. Why do you think the government has fema? No insurance company would write flood insurance to houses that live in a flood zone. If you are wealthy and want waterfront property and can afford the risk go ahead - be more careful next time.
Mark January 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Hey mark you shouldn't live on this earth
Mark January 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Like think before you speak please
Samstie Associate January 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Mark - You've got a gigantic scoop there: Only the dem presidents maintained the safety net - SSI, Medicare, etc. I was under the mistaken belief that all presidents have maintained them since their inceptions. And that they do so because they are necessary and efficient (dems) and popular (Rs). And here's a scoop for you: Most people who live in flood plains are not wealthy. What do we do about them? Make them all raise their homes, including row homes, other attached homes, mutlifamily structures like condos? Make them move? If so, what do we do about the infrastructure, businesses, etc that they support? Do we compensate them at fair market value for the homes they must leave? Do we tear down the abandoned homes and other buidings? Where's that money for all of this come from? Never mind - is more fun to just emit gut thoughts on-line than to subject yourself to a reasoned and informed discussion. Enjoy.
Mark Calendar January 16, 2013 at 02:29 AM
The raw deal. Ask someone to explain it to you. Ronnie tried to dismantle it but there are too many vested interests protecting the freebies. Here is the thing. I will say it slow. It is not the federal governments problem. The federal government was not created to fix peoples mistakes. The 16th amendment only gives the fed gov the right to raise taxes to establish an army to fight wars. The houses that were destroyed should only be rebuilty if the homeowners can afford it. The government need not intervene. Eventually most people will leave. Ever seen camden or detroit? Got it?
Samstie Associate January 16, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Mark - Yes - got it. Completely. You are an incorrigable nitwit. See?
actionsRlouderthenwords January 16, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Wheres Obama?? I thought he was going to SAVE us all!!!
JANICE GEILER January 16, 2013 at 02:02 PM
My daughter was denied ALE (additional living expenses) as FEMA ASSumed since she had insurance she was covered she wasn't. Luckily they found a place to rent at $1800.00 a month for that I am grateful. But FEMA still hasn't provided any dollars as waiting for denial letter. It has been 8 weeks & obviously the rent had to be paid!!
Island Beach State Park/Auto shop January 16, 2013 at 02:22 PM
i pay flood insurance every year and have never used it...in over sixty years it has never flooded like this....if my house was hit by a tornado...i would rebuild...give me what i pay for, thats all im asking....the storm was a freak happening, what are they gonna do raise all the house east of the GSP?....I knew some day i would be forced to move because its gotten to expensive.....Al
actionsRlouderthenwords January 16, 2013 at 02:32 PM
While we did not lose a home & very grateful for that... we did lose a car. We have paid our car insurance for over 25 yrs ( we have min coverage bcz its a older car 1998) however, its what we could afford, no car payment lower insurance, the car is only worth maybe 3500( & was planning on giving it to our teenage son) All we wanted was blue book on it, we where told bcz we have another car ( a van with 165,000 miles on it) that we HAVE something to use. So to bad. ... My husband & I both have worked since we where 15, ( at times 2 jobs at a time) we have WELL have exceeded paying " our fair share" ( that seems to be Obama's favorite thing to say) & we have NEVER asked for help for anything but this... FEMA told us TO DAM bad...
commonman January 16, 2013 at 09:19 PM
To MArk AMEN tired of these people who live beach front or in flood zones complaining all the move idiots dont buy there when i move to middletown i searched flood zones and would not even consider moving in one on top of that i made as sure as i could that my basement never had a drop of water why should i pay for other people stupidity tired of it. i live in a heavily forested area the week before sandy i cut down 4 huge trees cost mne 2800 my neighbor laughed as u can guess 5 trees on his property came down 1 on his pool 1 on my shed and 3 just missed his house he aint laughing now. BTW everybody knows insurance is a scam u have to take care of urself. My brother lives in Wayne NJ river floods the town everytime it rains hence if u live in Wayne ur a loser and deserve what u get
Barb Rivera February 08, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Bullies sitting behind a keyboard! Hope you sleep well at night!


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