Financial Disaster Aid Available for U.S. Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals and Qualified Aliens

November 23, 2016  //  

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is committed to helping all eligible Virginia disaster survivors recover from Hurricane Matthew storm and flood damage, including U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and Qualified Aliens.

An undocumented parent or guardian may apply for monetary aid on behalf of a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or Qualified Alien. Although the adult will be expected to sign a Declaration and Release (FEMA Form 009-0-3) in the child’s name, no information will be gathered on the person signing for the child.

When registering for disaster assistance, FEMA requires applicants to certify whether they are U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or Qualified Aliens.

The status of a qualified alien includes:

  • Legal permanent residents (those with Green Cards);
  • Those with refugee or asylum status;
  • Those whose deportation has been withheld;
  • Those on parole into the U.S. for at least one year for humanitarian purposes;
  • Those with conditional entry;
  • Those who are Cuban-Haitian entrants; and
  • Those with petitions for relief based on battery or extreme cruelty by a family member.

All individuals, regardless of citizenship status, affected by a major disaster may be eligible for other non-monetary, in-kind emergency disaster relief programs. These include medical care, shelter, food and water as well as Disaster Legal Services and Crisis Counseling.  Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for FEMA cash assistance or Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

People who do not qualify for monetary assistance may still call the FEMA registration line for referrals to voluntary agencies.

Assistance for eligible individuals and small businesses includes funds for temporary housing and necessary home repairs, individual and household grants, disaster unemployment assistance, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other programs.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual orientation), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service). TTY users can call 800-462-7585. 

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and can cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Contact Info:

Federal Emergency Management Agency / Virginia Department of Emergency Management

November 23, 2016

DR-4291-VA NR-17
News Desk: 540-686-2972

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund