FEMA: Phone number for disaster relief: 1-800-621-3362. Apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Rental Assistance: Assistance through FEMA’s Individual and Households Program may be available to eligible applicants to secure temporary housing while repairs are being made to the pre-disaster primary residence, or while transitioning to permanent housing while applicant survivor is displaced from their primary residence.
Temporary Blue Roofs: The recent hurricane has left many homeowners with damaged roofs, which can take time to repair. Additional information will be available in the coming days on how to access this type of assistance, but the first step is registering with FEMA for federal assistance.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Available for Florida residents whose jobs were affected by Hurricane Irma, specifically those who live or work in the counties included in the major disaster declaration. This may include people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm-workers. They can apply for unemployment benefits online at Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity.
Disaster Distress Helpline: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) remains open 24/7 for free help coping with the stress of the storm. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
Loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA): Loans may be available to help repair flood-related damage to your home or business and replace personal property. Survivors need to register with FEMA first to determine their eligibility for any federal assistance that may be available.
Click HERE to find a Food Pantry in your area.
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). The program gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster.
If you’re a current SNAP (EBT/foodstamp) client, you can request a supplement if you meet at least one of the following conditions:
- You currently get benefits that are less than the monthly maximum
- You have losses from the disaster that are not reimbursed
Individuals may also visit the DCF offices at 1400 West Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33309. We will assist eligible clients in faxing the forms here at the Legal Aid Campus in Plantation at 491 N. State Road 7.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Visit http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/DEO-Press/2017/09/13/federal-reemployment-assistance-available-for-disaster-victims. Individuals in designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by October 13, 2017. DEO instructs those affected that to file a DUA claim go to http://www.floridajobs.org/ or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants. For DUA claims information call 1-800-204-2418 and choose option 2 to speak to a customer service representative.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE (850) 413-3140
FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE COMMISSION (888) 404-3922
211 BROWARD/FLORIDA 211 If call drops, survivors are asked to text “Irma” to 898-211
IRS Filing Extensions for Tax Returns
The Internal Revenue Service has extended until January 31, 2018, for any tax return, extended tax return or tax payment that was due on or after September 4, 2017. This applies to persons who live in in or whose business is located in Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and St. Johns. Additional counties may be added if they are designated by FEMA as disaster areas eligible for individual assistance. See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.
Banks are offering hurricane relief. Check with your banking institution for details about specific resources available.
Federal Student Aid is committed to assisting students enrolled in college or career school and federal student loan borrowers who have been impacted by federally declared natural disasters. We strongly encourage impacted students to contact the financial aid office at their school and borrowers to contact their lender or loan servicer.
MENTAL HEALTH: Click HERE for a list of resources.