Financial Assistance


Phone: 800-621-3362 (FEMA)

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Disaster assistance may be able to fill insurance gaps or provide help if you've been waiting more than 30 days on a homeowner's claim. Assistance may also be available to help individuals rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property not covered by insurance.

Disaster-related assistance may include:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items
  • Unemployment payments for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and do not qualify for state benefits (self-employed)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance
  • Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster
  • Advisory assistance for legal veterans' benefits and social security matters

Individuals who were impacted by the fires should apply for FEMA assistance. You can apply in the following ways:

Please have the following information available when you call:

  • A phone number and a reliable alternate in case FEMA needs to call you back
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Social Security number
  • Bank account information (or direct deposit information)
  • Insurance information (if you have insurance)
  • Brief description of damages
  • Current mailing address
  • Pen and paper to write down your registration number

Important: If you have insurance, FEMA's process may designate you "ineligible" for benefits even though they may rightfully be yours. If you receive a denial letter, you may appeal/reapply within 60 days to keep your file open with FEMA while you settle your claim with your insurance provider.

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