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The Deadline for Harvey Victims to Apply for FEMA Assistance Is Thursday

Here’s how to tell if you’re eligible.

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Hurricane Harvey debris in front of a Houston home on September 2, 2017.
Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty


For victims of Hurricane Harvey who have not yet applied for FEMA assistance, the deadline is this Thursday (it was extended because of the Thanksgiving holiday). To apply, check out DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Unsure if you’re eligible? Here’s an explainer from FEMA:

Federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance and repair or replacement of damaged homes for eligible individuals and families who have suffered losses as a result of the storm.

Additionally, grants may be available to help with other expenses such as medical and dental care, child care, funeral and burial costs, replacing essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle repairs and some clean-up items.

Renters and homeowners must be in a designated county to qualify for assistance. Those counties include: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton.

FEMA is currently paying $2.8 million per day to house people displaced by Harvey. At the beginning of November, they were still footing the hotel bills of some 70,000 people, though that number had dropped to 47,000 by Thanksgiving. More than 20,000 of those displaced are children. The Houston Chronicle reported that, through mid-November, the FEMA hotel program had cost $186 million.

Governor Greg Abbott and senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz continue to press the Trump administration for additional aid to rebuild infrastructure damaged by the hurricane. On a recent visit to Austin, Vice President Mike Pence said that the federal government has provided $2.2 billion to small businesses across Texas in addition to paying out $4.4 billion under the National Flood Insurance Program, and on his Senate website, Cruz has listed numerous federal agencies offering assistance. But overall, many are concerned that federal assistance will fall short. At the end of October, Abbott said the state will need an additional $61 billion in federal assistance to recover from the storm.

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    As is always the case several thousand will miss the deadline and scream for help afterwards…

    Meanwhile, Gov. Abbott will continue to try to milk the federal cow for every half-penny possible to put off the day when “Stand alone” Texas will have to start paying a significant part of the long-range costs…..
    It is almost humorous to watch Abbott who has attacked the federal government at every opportunity in the past and even wrote a book about how it was out of control so much that we need to amend the US Constitution is now DEMANDING that it pay virtually all of the cost of recovering from Harvey and building barriers, etc. to make future Harvey’s less likely……Especially since he so hates deficit spending by the feds. (where does he think this money is coming from?) and because one of the changes he is demanding in the U.S. Constitution would make this kind of spending to help other states in the future unconstitutional. But hypocrisy is not a sin when you are trying to avoid your own responsibility and lay the cost on someone else. I can already hear him screaming when he does not get the full $61 billion or the billions he will ask for after that.

  • SpiritofPearl

    OT, but relevant to Trump’s failed presidency – Elizabeth Warren’s geneology:


    Universities that receive federal funds are required to ascertain the number of minority staff members to continue to be eligible for that funding. A survey is made periodically by universities to make that assessment.

  • John Bernard Books

    White wimmen lie…..
    ““James Clyburn compared Conyers’ accusers to the child murderer Susan Smith, who initially claimed a black man had abducted her kids. Clyburn said, these are all white women who’ve made these charges against Conyers,” ”

    Gettin gooder and gooder…need more popcorn…