Continued Rental Assistance for Hurricane Michael Survivors

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Jan. 22 — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release:

Hurricane Michael survivors who received temporary housing assistance from FEMA and still have a continuing need must complete and submit the declaration of continuing need for rental assistance form. The survivor should have received the form from FEMA within 15 days after the rental assistance grant was approved.

The survivor must return the completed form along with supporting documents to show proof of having exhausted initial rental assistance funds. Proof may be in the form of:

* Rental receipts

* Security deposit

* Utility bill (if not included in rent)

* Written landlord statement

Applications must also include proof of pre and post disaster income. Proof may include:

* Pay stubs (must be dated within three months prior to incident period)

* W-2 forms, or tax return from the most recent tax year

* Documentation of government assistance (includes Social Security)

* Unemployment documents

* Self-employment documents

Applications must include pre-disaster and post-disaster housing costs. These may be:

* Mortgage statement, property tax statement, home insurance, utility bill

* Rental-lease, rental receipts, utility bill (if not included in rent), and rental insurance

* Current lease (signed by applicant and landlord)

* Rental receipts

Remember to sign the application and return it to FEMA in one of the following ways:

* Mail the completed form to: FEMA, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-8055;

* Fax it to 800-827-8112; or

* Upload it to your FEMA Disaster Assistance Center account, available online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Click on Check Status to login or create an account.

If you did not receive the form, lost it or have questions, contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 TTY 800-462-7585, or visit a disaster recovery center. To find the nearest center use: fema.gov/DRCLocator

Hurricane survivors may receive up to 18 months of continued rental assistance, plus the security deposit, allowing them time to make progress toward finding long-term housing.

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