Disaster Financial Assistance

Apply for disaster assistance through FEMA by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov, by calling FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 7am-10:30pm, or by downloading FEMA’s app onto a smartphone or tablet. Please see below for details.

The registration process will take about 20 minutes. The following information will be needed to complete the application:

-Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
-Annual Household Income
-Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address)
-Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
-Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

The deadline to register is Friday, December 11th, 2020. 

To learn more about the disaster assistance offered by FEMA, please visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.

California residents who applied for assistance from FEMA after sustaining losses from the wildfires starting Aug. 14 may have received a determination letter saying they are ineligible for housing assistance. Some common reasons for FEMA’s decision include the damage caused by the current disaster did not make the home unsafe to live in, FEMA determined that their insurance covered their essential needs, proof of occupancy at the time of the disaster was not provided, or it was indicated on the application that they did not want to move while their damaged home was being repaired.
To appeal FEMA’s decision, individuals must send a letter to FEMA with documentation related to their request and ask FEMA to reconsider their application within 60 days from the date on their determination letter.
-By mail: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055.
-By fax: 1-800-827-8112.
-By a FEMA online account: to set one up, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3iuO85n

Individuals who cannot work due to the wildfires and do not qualify for regular UI benefits are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The last date that any applications can be considered is February 20, 2021. The week ending February 20 will also be the last payable week for these disaster benefits.
For more information and to file a claim, visit: https://bit.ly/3nDI3GH

All required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or other documentation to support that the individuals were working or self- employed when the disaster occurred. Documentation for the self employed can be obtained from banks, government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.

For more information about the last date of application consideration please see the following press release: https://bit.ly/2YMjv45