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Turned Down FEMA Housing Aid? Still Time to Apply for Help

Victims with home damage can still seek temporary housing assistance

Residents who turned down the opportunity of FEMA housing assistance have another chance to receive temporary aid.

Sandy victims who elected not to relocate while repairs were made at their homes became ineligible for FEMA assistance. If that decision proved to be unwise, residents can apply for aid by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 to apply for temporary housing assistance if it's been less than 30 days since receiving a FEMA determination letter;
  • Writing a letter to FEMA if it's been more than 30 days since the determination letter. Explain that you want to change your earlier response, explain how your circumstances have changed and that you'd like FEMA temporary housing assistance.

Sandy victims can follow up on applications at DisasterAssistance.gov or by a web-enabled mobile device at m.FEMA.gov

Help also is available at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers: 

  • Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main St., Belmar;
  • Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Route 36, Leonardo;
  • Union Beach Municipal Building, 650 Poole Ave., Union Beach;
  • Long Branch Fire Station 4, 109-205 Union Ave., Long Branch;
  • Bell Crest Plaza, 953 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River;
  • Brick Township Civic Center, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick;
  • Bay Head Fire Station, 81 Bridge Ave., Bay Head;
  • Harvey Cedars Bible Conference Centers, 12 Cedars Ave., Harvey Cedars.
Suellen Semevolosaisy December 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
gjc you need to appeal your NO decision. Dont give up they will come through
gjc December 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Thank you. I'll give it a shot.
John Williams December 14, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I didn't have major damage..just some roof singles and tree's down. They told me if you have home owners insurance you're outta of luck. In other words if I didn't pay to protect my home with insurance which I think is a law in NJ..I would have been covered? I can see people who lost their homes need help..but most shore homes are like vacation /secondary homes not primary homes..according to FEMA they aren't covered either by them.
John Williams December 14, 2012 at 03:20 AM
If you have homeowners insurance..the answer will be...NO! Read up on it at FEMA web sites.
Nancy December 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
You need to get denial letters from your insurance that's what fema needs

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