What Hurricane Sandy Victims Should Know Now: Loan Deadlines, Assistance for Renters, Tax Ramifications
Here is some helpful information you should know if as you continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy in South Jersey.
· There are three ways… to reach the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New Jersey:
– Visit online at DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov with a smartphone.
– Call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.
– Visit one of nine disaster recovery centers. Locations can be found by visiting FEMA.gov/DRC.
-Survivors should apply for federal disaster assistance even if they have insurance. Assistance may pay for repairs and temporary housing that insurance doesn’t cover.
· The deadline to register with FEMA and return completed SBA loan applications is Monday, April 1.
· Federal disaster assistance can include rental assistance, grants to replace personal property or low-interest disaster home loans from the Small Business Administration.
· Renters and homeowners can apply.
· Only a survivor whose primary residence was damaged and was living in it at the time of the storm is eligible to receive assistance for housing needs.
· FEMA disaster assistance is not income sensitive. Income does not affect eligibility.
· FEMA disaster assistance does not affect other government programs like Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or pensions.
· Accepting disaster assistance does not keep other survivors from receiving it.
· Disaster assistance from FEMA is not taxable.
· Non U.S. citizens may be eligible for FEMA assistance if they are lawful permanent residents or otherwise have legal status.
· Registering with the American Red Cross or calling 2-1-1 is not the same as registering with FEMA. Survivors must register with FEMA to be considered for federal disaster assistance.
· The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster home loans to homeowners and renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged property. SBA also offers loans to businesses to repair and replace disaster-damaged property and offers economic injury disaster loans to assist with working capital.
· The SBA can be contacted by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Survivors who have questions about flood insurance claims and the appeals process can call 888-379-9531.