Jefferson County declared eligible for housing assistance


The Emergency Management Office says Jefferson County is officially eligible for housing assistance through FEMA as of September 12th. This could help Harvey evacuees find relief. There are 102 people staying at the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center in Beaumont who have nowhere else to go.

Anthony Robinson is staying at the evacuation center in Beaumont with his wife and three young daughters.

"Nobody expected it to flood in Beaumont like it did," Robinson said.

This is the sixth evacuation center Robinson's family has been transferred to. He says his daughters are hoping to have a place to call home soon.

"They cry every night asking me Dad, Poppy, when are we going to have our own house? Who are these people who is that person?" he said.

Although he's grateful for a place to sleep, Robinson hopes he will get assistance from FEMA.

"I just want to get in a house. A place that we can call home. I want to get back to working and knowing that my family is in a place instead of displaced in a shelter," he said.

Now that FEMA allows Jefferson County residents to apply for disaster housing assistance, there's help on the way.

"Whatever FEMA has to offer they will be eligible for, including housing assistance it may include possible places to stay while their homes are being repaired," said Paul Ferris, a FEMA disaster recovery center manager. "But you document document document. If you had damage to your home it needs to be documented," Ferris said.

To apply for FEMA assistance online click here. To apply for FEMA assistance by phone, call (800) 621-3362. To apply for FEMA assistance in person in Jefferson County there are two disaster recovery centers you can visit.

Beaumont Disaster Recovery Center: 3871 Stagg Drive in the Gateway Shopping Center.

Port Arthur Disaster Recovery Center: 2001 9th Avenue at Christus St. Mary's Hospital.

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