Today, FEMA announced that Hurricane Ian survivors who suffered damage to their property have additional time to apply for federal disaster assistance. The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 12, 2023. Applications are available here.
FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 counties in Florida. Residents in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties are eligible to apply for Individual Assistance.
Transitional sheltering assistance is also available in those 26 counties to survivors eligible for temporary hotel stays. As of today, the program is providing housing for 1,687 households with 4,192 members. Additionally, FEMA is providing temporary housing to eligible Hurricane Ian survivors in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties for those whose homes are uninhabitable because of the hurricane. The organizaion determined that rental assistance is insufficient to meet the housing need in those counties because of a lack of available housing resources.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to eligible survivors. Floridians can file a claim for loss of income caused by Hurricane Ian by going to FloridaJobs.org and selecting “Apply for Hurricane Ian DUA,” visiting a local CareerSource Career Center, or calling (800) 385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.
Additionally, low-income Florida residents recovering from Hurricane Ian may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Survivors can find more information on Florida’s D-SNAP program by visiting the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Hurricane Ian Response & Recovery website.