FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WISE, VA. – Checks totaling more than $1 million for housing assistance have already been mailed to residents of the flood disaster area of southwestern Virginia.
Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta noted, “Every effort is being made to get assistance to those who were affected by the March flooding as quickly as possible.”
Since April 2, when eight Virginia counties and the city of Norton were designated in a presidential disaster declaration, 609 applications have been approved for $1,096,448. A total of 1,184 registrations have been taken by FEMA’s teleregistration center.
Two types of housing grants are available. Homeowners or renters whose residences were substantially damaged may be eligible for rental assistance until permanent housing can be found. In addition, essential home repair grants are available to homeowners for basic repairs not covered by insurance. Examples of essential repairs may include electrical and plumbing systems or general carpentry to make a home safe, secure and livable.
In addition to the more than $1 million in federal housing grants, the U.S. Small Business Administration has so far provided $59,500 in low interest disaster assistance loans.
State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline said, “Affected residents and business owners should apply for assistance immediately if they have not already done so.” Residents are urged to register by calling FEMA’s toll free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Teleregistration is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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