Jefferson County residents can now get disaster housing assistance

Jefferson County residents can now get housing assistance from FEMA.

According to Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Fountain, county residents who were displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Harvey can now apply for disaster housing assistance with FEMA, which was previously denied to Jefferson County.

FEMA will begin providing trailers and mobile homes to applicants who are approved.

More than 20,000 individuals and households in Jefferson County were approved for more than $12 million in disaster assistance from FEMA, according to FEMA representative Ken Higginbotham.

That total amounts to:

· More than $1.9 million in housing assistance approved for 778 households in Jefferson County

· More than $10.1 million in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) approved for 19,875 households in Jefferson County. ONA includes Critical Needs Assistance, a one-time payment to a displaced household to cover urgent disaster-related needs—such as food, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, gas for transportation and medical supplies.

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