MORTGAGE AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR MARCH FLOOD VICTIMS

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Media Contacts:
FEMA – Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063
SBA Colleen Hiam                 (276) 282-4612


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
May 29, 2002
        FEMA-1406-DR-VA-78


MORTGAGE AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR MARCH FLOOD VICTIMS
 


WISE, Va. — Help may be available for homeowners and renters who face mortgage foreclosure or eviction because of economic hardships related to the March 17-20 floods in Southwest Virginia.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program is designed to assist people whose homes were not damaged by the flooding but, because of disaster-related financial hardships, cannot make mortgage or rent payments.


To qualify for the assistance, applicants must show that there was loss of income directly related to the March flood disaster, have a written notice of eviction or foreclosure, and have not received funds from other FEMA housing programs.


Applications for mortgage and rental assistance may be made up to six months from the date of the April 2 presidential disaster declaration. The six month application period is allowed because individuals may not run into financial hardship or get eviction or foreclosure notices until months after the disaster occurs.


Applicants can register for mortgage or rental assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing- impaired. The lines are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.


 





NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248.

 

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund