The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be offering assistance to residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda. FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance (IA) comes in a variety of forms for homeowners, certain types of renters, and businesses in Harris County. The application window opened October 5, 2019, and will run through February 28, 2021. Apply now for assistance!
What kind of help can I get from FEMA?
- FEMA assists individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially declared disaster.
- If you are a renter or homeowner, you may qualify for assistance.
- FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the help you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.
- FEMA does not offer assistance for secondary homes.
- FEMA partners with the Small Business Administration (SBA), which offers low-interest loans for business damages.
- Learn more about the business loan application process.
Other Needs Assistance:
- We offer disaster assistance for some of your other disaster-caused expenses including, medical and dental, childcare, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.
How do I apply?
- Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ and type in your address to see what kind of aid is available in your area.
Visit one of our Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) or Local Recovery Centers (LRCs) to work with a FEMA representative to complete your application.
- Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Rm K 105, Kingwood, TX 77339. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Crosby Community Center, 409 Hare Road, Crosby, TX 77532. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- IT May Community Center, 2100 Wolf Road, Huffman, TX 77336. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- CSD Jensen, 9418 Jensen Dr., Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
You’ll need the following to complete the application process:
- Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Qualified Alien.
- Annual Household Income
- Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address)
- Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
- Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)
After you complete your application
- If your reported damages require an on-site FEMA inspection, you will be contacted by FEMA within 10 days of submitting your application to schedule an appointment for a home inspector to visit you.
- In the event of a catastrophic disaster, an inspector may take longer to visit you.
- If your damages are insured, you need to submit your insurance settlement or denial before a FEMA home inspection can be scheduled.
After the Inspection
If you qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:
- A check by mail, or a direct deposit into your checking or savings account, and
- A letter that describes how you are to use the money.
If you are denied
If you do not qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:
- A letter explaining why you did not qualify, and
- An opportunity to appeal the decision.
- If you receive a letter saying that you are ineligible or that your application is incomplete, this does not necessarily mean you will not receive help. You have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving mailed notification from us
- An appeal is a written request to review your file again with additional information you provide that may affect the decision. You may appeal any decision provided by FEMA regarding your Individual Assistance.
- Visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance and click on the “How Do I Appeal the Final Decision?” tab for information on how to submit an appeal.
Many Harris County residents may not be eligible for FEMA assistance. For a list of non-FEMA recovery resources, visit www.ReadyHarris.org.