The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Oct. 15 it is creating a reimbursement program for people who relocated because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita if they have not already received funds from any other subsidized travel home program.
Applicants must have been displaced from their primary residences in a disaster-declared area as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and have incurred travel expenses. The expenses must have occurred between Aug. 29, 2005, and Feb. 29, 2008, for Katrina, or Sept. 24, 2005, to Feb. 29, 2008, for Rita.
- People returning to their pre-disaster state who did not use a hotel or motel or housing provided by FEMA are eligible for relocation assistance.
- FEMA will pay moving expenses to a FEMA-funded rental resource anywhere in the continental U.S. for people who already are living in their pre-disaster state in FEMA travel trailers or mobile homes.
- However, FEMA will pay for an in-state move only if the new location is greater than 50 miles from the present location of the applicant. The program will reimburse eligible applicants for relocation expenses up to $4,000 during the designated time period.
For more information, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).