New Jersey residents whose homes and businesses were affected by the destructive remnants of Hurricane Ida last year are running out of time to apply for federal disaster assistance — the deadline to do so is this Wednesday.
Available FEMA funding includes money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance, officials said. Low interest disaster loans for businesses and nonprofits, which are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, also have a Wednesday deadline for applications.
FEMA applications are available through DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Applicants will need to provide the address of the damaged property and a description of the losses, along with information on insurance, household income, and a bank account for direct deposit. Those seeking low-interest loans can apply through the SBA’s website, https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/, under SBA declaration #17143. The SBA’s Customer Service Center is available at 800-659-2955(or 800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing).
In addition to causing 30 deaths across the state, the storm, which produced swift rainfall and massive flooding, damaged at least 2,600 in New Jersey. Residents of Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties are eligible for FEMA aid.
As of October, New Jerseyans had received more than $175.8 million from the federal government to cover losses and damage from the storm.
Jonathan Salant and other staff reporters contributed to this report.
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