There is a Nov. 12th Deadline to apply for
Federal Disaster Assistance
DETROIT: Residents of Southeast Michigan who experienced
uninsured and underinsured damage or losses from the June 25-26,
2021 severe storms, flooding and tornadoes only have one week
remaining to apply for federal assistance. The deadline
to apply is Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. It’s important to
understand the following six things when applying:
Apply with FEMA now—before
it’s too late.
Residents of Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties can
apply for FEMA disaster assistance now. This assistance may
include grants for temporary housing and emergency home repairs
to make homes safe, accessible, and secure. To apply:
Go to DisasterAssistance.gov.
Online applications must be completed no later than midnight EST
on Nov. 12.
Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Operators are multilingual
and calls are answered 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Use the FEMA
Visit any Disaster Recovery Center.
State-FEMA disaster recovery centers are located at the Kemeny
Recreation Center in Detroit and the Hamtramck City Hall. Both
are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Saturday. They will continue
to operate until 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 and will be open during the
Nov. 11th Veterans Day federal holiday.
To find the location and operational hours of any center,
visit FEMA’s DRC locator page at https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.
Households with survivors who are not U.S. citizens may be
eligible for FEMA assistance and should apply.
FEMA is committed to helping all eligible survivors recover from
the late June flooding. By requesting FEMA assistance, no one’s
immigration status will be jeopardized. To qualify, a member of
your household must be a U.S. citizen, a non-U.S. citizen
national, or a qualified alien.
A parent or guardian who isn’t eligible, including the
undocumented, may apply for disaster assistance on behalf of a
child under age 18 or another household member who does qualify
and has a Social Security number. The minor child must live with
the parent or guardian applying on their behalf. The parent or
guardian will not have to provide any information on their own
immigration status or sign any documents regarding it. If you
are unsure of your eligibility, FEMA will assist you through the
process after you contact the agency.
FEMA grants are not considered income and are not taxable.
Accepting a FEMA grant will not affect your Social Security
benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) or other federal assistance programs. When you
apply for FEMA assistance, you will not lose other
federal benefits to which you are entitled.
Apply with the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA) now—before it’s too late.
Homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit
organizations in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties
have until Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, to return applications
for low-interest physical disaster loans. There is no cost to
apply and no obligation to take an SBA disaster loan. Residents
who are declined an SBA loan may be referred to FEMA for grant
consideration. For more information call SBA’s Customer Service
Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of
hearing) or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
You may still appeal FEMA’s decision regarding your assistance
after the Nov. 12th deadline.
Note the date on the decision letter you received. If you want
FEMA to reconsider its decision, you have 60 days from the date
on the decision letter to hand in, mail, fax or electronically
upload your appeal. FEMA representatives can tell you the
specifics of how to appeal FEMA’s decision and what to include
in your appeal letter.
Survivors initially denied FEMA assistance due to insurance
coverage may still be eligible later.
FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. If you have a
homeowners insurance policy, file your insurance claim before
applying to FEMA. If you are underinsured, you may receive
assistance after your insurance claims have been settled, as
long as you apply by the deadline.
You have up to 12 months from the date you applied with FEMA
to appeal denials because of insurance issues. Contact a
FEMA representative at 800-621-3362 for more details.
For more information about Michigan’s recovery,
visit fema.gov/disaster/4607. The
deadline for individuals to apply for disaster assistance is
Nov. 12, 2021.