RICHMOND – Virginians in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach are now eligible for federal Individual Assistance (IA) programs to assist with damage sustained from Hurricane Matthew.
The IA disaster declaration for these communities makes federal aid available through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), which provides financial and/or direct assistance to Virginians with necessary disaster-related expenses and serious needs that are unmet through insurance or other means. The IHP consists of two provisions: Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance.
The following federal Individual Assistance programs are available in the declared cities listed above:
- Housing Assistance includes temporary housing or lodging reimbursement for eligible applicants, as well as financial assistance to repair disaster-related damage in the home or replace home uninsured or underinsured home components.
- Other Needs Assistance may help Virginians pay for disaster-related expenses that include dental and medical expenses, funeral expenses, child care, repair or replacement of personal property including vehicles, transportation costs and moving and storage expenses.
Residents must apply for aid directly with FEMA and report damages. FEMA will use the information provided on your application to begin the process of determining which programs your household is eligible for.
There are a number of ways to register with FEMA and to report damages:
- Call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
- Register your mobile device at m.fema.gov
- Report damages and apply for assistance in person by visiting a local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Specific information on locations and operating hours for the DRCs in each community will be made available soon.
Residents should prepare to share records of insurance claims they have filed with FEMA, as well as documentation of damage they sustained and all expenses related to Hurricane Matthew.
Impacted residents in localities not eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance should call 2-1-1 to get connected with local government officials and voluntary agencies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: VIRGINIA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
(804) 371-7215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971