FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MORTGAGE AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE
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 disaster, have a written notice of eviction or foreclosure, and have not received funds from other FEMA housing programs.
Because individuals may not run into financial hardship and receive an eviction or foreclosure notice until months following the disaster, applications for the Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program may be filed for up to six months after the May 5 disaster declaration date.
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 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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