Survivors of the Butte and Valley fires who are receiving rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and whose home repairs are taking longer than expected should notify the agency of their continuing need.
Recertification is needed every 60 days for eligible renters and homeowners. FEMA can provide up to 18 months of rental assistance for both homeowners and renters if they need to relocate while repairs are being made to their disaster-damaged residences.
To date, FEMA has approved $7.3 million in rental assistance
An application for continued temporary housing is sent from FEMA to applicants approximately two weeks after the first rental award.
The recertification reaffirms that applicants have an ongoing financial need for temporary housing, either because disaster-related repairs are not completed or they have been unable to find permanent replacement housing.
Documents required for recertification include:
An applicant’s current monthly rent is compared to the person’s housing costs before the disaster. Income for all household members, ongoing homeowner mortgage (or rent) insurance and utility costs for the damaged home and other housing commitment costs are all taken into consideration when determining continued eligibility.
Those with questions can call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
For more information on California’s wildfire recovery, visit: caloes.ca.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4240and follow us on Twitter @femaregion9 or @Cal_OES and at Facebook.com/FEMA orFacebook.com/California OES.
Official information blog for the Lake County Office of Emergency Services