Georgians impacted by Hurricane Michael can apply for help with housing, repairs, more


    MACON, Ga. -- Some Georgia counties hit hard by Hurricane Michael have been approved for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    On Tuesday President Trump made the approval for Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Thomas and Worth counties, which Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced on his Twitter.

    The approval authorities several things including temporary housing, reimbursement for housing and financial assistance to homeowners to replace destroyed homes.

    According to FEMA's website, the following can be provided through the Individuals and Households Program:

    Housing Needs

    • Temporary Housing (a place to live for a limited period of time): Financial assistance may be available to homeowners or renters to rent a temporary place to live. If no rental properties are available, a government housing unit may be provided, but only as a last resort.
    • Lodging Expenses Reimbursement: Reimbursement of hotel expenses for homeowners or renters may be available for short periods of time due to inaccessibility or utility outage if not covered by insurance or any other program.
    • Repair: Financial assistance may be available to homeowners to repair disaster-caused damage to their primary residence that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to make the damaged home safe, sanitary, or fit to occupy.
    • Replacement: Financial assistance may be available to homeowners to replace their home destroyed in the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to help the homeowner with the cost of replacing their destroyed home.
    • Permanent or Semi-Permanent Housing Construction: Direct assistance or money for the construction of a home. This type of help occurs only in insular areas or other locations specified by FEMA, where no other type of housing assistance is possible.

    Assistance is available for necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster. This includes:

    • Disaster-caused child care expenses.
    • Disaster-caused medical and dental expenses.
    • Disaster-caused funeral and burial expenses.
    • Disaster-caused damages to essential household items (room furnishings, appliances); clothing; tools (specialized or protective clothing and equipment) required for your job; necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies).
    • Fuel for the primary heat source (heating oil, gas).
    • Clean-up items (wet/dry vacuum, dehumidifier).
    • Disaster-caused damage to an essential vehicle.
    • Moving and storage expenses caused by the disaster (moving and storage of personal property while repairs are being made to the primary residence, and returning property to the primary address).
    • Other necessary expenses or serious needs as determined by FEMA.
    • Other expenses that are authorized by law.

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