VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. —More than 1,300 Virginia households displaced because of damage from Hurricane Matthew have received help from FEMA to pay rent for a temporary place to live. If your family has received rental assistance, you must let FEMA know if you will continue to need it.
You should have received a letter from FEMA explaining the process and a form to fill out and return to FEMA along with:
- Utility bills from before and after the disaster.
- If you are a renter, a copy of your lease (pre-disaster). If you are a homeowner, a copy of your mortgage statement.
- For renter or homeowners, a copy of the current lease or rental agreement signed by the person who applied for FEMA assistance and the landlord.
- Rental receipts, canceled checks (copy of the front and back) or money orders showing that you used your rental assistance to pay rent or a security deposit.
- Income statements from before and after the disaster for all wage earners living in the household (pay stubs, letter from Social Security office, retirement pension letter; no bank statements).
You must complete the FEMA application to be considered for continued rental assistance. FEMA evaluates the information to determine if your household has a financial need for additional assistance.
For additional help with rental assistance or other questions, call the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Additional information about this disaster is available at www.fema.gov and www.vaemergency.gov. To find a DRC nearest you go to www.Fema.gov/DRC. Virginians seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs should call Virginia 211, a statewide information and referral service. For free legal assistance contact 800-552-7977.
Federal Emergency Management Agency / Virginia Department of Emergency Management
December 9, 2016
News Desk: 540-686-2972
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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