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Harvey Survivors Get More Time to Apply for Disaster Assistance
Oct 23 2017 - 02:29:00 pm

HURRICANE HARVEY

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Harvey Survivors Get More Time to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Austin, Texas – Texans in 41 designated counties who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Harvey now have until Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, to register for disaster assistance.

Registration is open to survivors in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.

Survivors may register for assistance the following ways:

·       Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

·       Via the FEMA mobile app, available at fema.gov/mobile-app

·       Phone (800) 621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service) 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily,

TTY (800) 462-7585.

·      At a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find your nearest DRC at fema.gov/drc.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

This extension also gives survivors more time to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

In addition, applicants can get more information on SBA disaster assistance by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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D-SNAP PROGRAM UPDATE
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Texas Adds Extra Day, Special Mega-Site to Apply for D-SNAP in Harris County

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner
Contact:
Carrie Williams, 512-424-6951

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced today it will add an extra day at a new location for Harris County victims of Hurricane Harvey to apply for disaster food relief as D-SNAP comes to a close in Harris County.

Texas is opening a new site Friday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for Harris County residents who suffered loss as a result of Harvey to apply for D-SNAP. This larger site has more indoor capacity to better accommodate the expected volume and needs of those applying for benefits. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The address is 1001 Avenida de las Americas in Houston.

The additional site and extra day was determined with input from local officials about how to best serve the people of Harris County. While D-SNAP typically is offered for up to seven days in a community, Texas will have offered D-SNAP in Harris County for a total of 15 days when the program closes Friday at 7 p.m. The extra day is being added due to longer than expected lines and to ensure that those who are eligible have enough opportunity to apply.

All other Harris County sites will permanently close at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Texas HHS staff will shift to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Law enforcement will be on site to assist with crowd management and address any security matters. HHS is encouraging only the applicant to visit application sites, as additional family members are creating congestion and other challenges. Long lines are to be expected.

According to preliminary numbers, more than 201,000 people have already been served at the sites in Harris County.

No additional extensions or phases of D-SNAP are being announced at this time. Applicants must be in line by 7 p.m. to be considered; those who arrive after 7 p.m. cannot get in line. Due to high volumes of applicants not all individuals in line at 7 p.m. will necessarily be served.

For More Information Go To: https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news-releases/2017/10/texas-adds-extra-day-special-mega-site-apply-d-snap-harris-county

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