Disaster aid reportedly continues to flow to individuals and businesses in Chester County, Pa., affected by Tropical Storms Henri and Isabel, and related severe storms and flooding. More than $598,000 has been approved to date, according to disaster recovery officials.
— More than $515,000 has been approved for housing needs through the Individuals and Households Program. The housing assistance program assures that people whose homes were damaged by disaster have a safe place to live. Nearly $70,000 has been approved under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA), which provides financial assistance to individuals and households who have other disaster-related expenses or serious needs not covered by insurance.
— The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $15,200 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. This program provides funds to individuals and businesses able to repay a loan for disaster related expenses not covered by insurance.
— To date, 342 homeowners, renters and business owners in Chester County have registered for disaster aid by calling FEMA’s toll-free number at 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired.
— The deadline for individuals and businesses to apply for disaster aid is Nov. 25, 2003.
— A Disaster Recovery Center was previously established in the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester to provide applicants with information on disaster assistance. A total of 75 people visited the center, which closed on Oct. 11.
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