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4 Questions About FEMA Assistance Eligibility

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fema.gov Disasters USA Government home page under magnifying glass. FEMA can offer assistance to individuals living in the area who sustain damage

Read On To Determine If You Are Eligible For Assistance

When an area has been federally declared as a disaster zone, FEMA can offer assistance to individuals living in the area who sustain damage. If you live in an area recently hit by a disaster, read on to determine if you are eligible for assistance.

1. How Can You Tell if Your Location Has Been Declared a Qualifying Area?
One way to do this is to watch the news to see if your location has become a presidentially declared disaster zone. Otherwise, you can visit the website for the assistance program to check if your area is eligible. You can also visit your local Disaster Relief Center to speak with a representative.

2. If You Previously Received Assistance, Can You Get It Again?
If you have received assistance through this program previously, you are still eligible for funds. However, receiving money in the past does not automatically make you eligible.

3. If Your Child Is a U.S. Citizen and You Are Not, Can You Apply for Assistance?
If any U.S. citizen lives in an affected home, they are eligible for FEMA assistance. If the only U.S. citizen in a household is a minor, an adult may file a household application on behalf of the child. However, all documentation must be filed under the child's name and Social Security number. Additionally, the child's citizenship and identity must be verifiable. This documentation can be submitted in person or through the mail.

4. Are Disaster Assistance and Welfare Eligibility Related?
The eligibility for these programs is not related. Additionally, accepting FEMA assistance, for anything from temporary housing to hiring remediation professionals, will not impact your eligibility to receive welfare.
After a flood, many people need assistance getting back on their feet. If you were affected by flooding or another disaster in Boulder, CO, you should check to see if you are eligible for federal assistance.

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