New Jersey residents who suffered damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida have an additional month to apply for federal assistance. The federal disaster agency moved the deadline to register for help to Jan. 5, 2022, for homeowners and renters in 12 counties.
Visit DisasterAssistance.gov to register for a chance to receive an average grant of $5,000 to $8,000 to cover rent, pay for home repairs, replace property or address other needs that are not covered by insurance. Assistance is available for people living in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will also keep open two disaster recovery centers in Essex and Union counties to help flood victims complete forms, fill out Small Business Administration loans, check the status of applications, or refer them to other organizations for additional aid.
The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at:
- Essex County: Kmart (Co-located with a Vaccination Center) 235 Prospect Ave. #9413, West Orange 07052.
- Union County: O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth 07208.
FEMA had previously announced the centers were permanently closing on Dec. 4, and that the registration deadline for aid was Dec. 6 before pushing back the dates.
Flood survivors in these counties may also call 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. or download the Federal Emergency Management Agency app. Call the hotline if there is no response within two weeks or to appeal a FEMA decision.
When applying for assistance, you will need:
- Address of the damaged home
- Current mailing address, telephone number and Social Security number
- Insurance information
- Total household annual income
- Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit
- A description of disaster damage and losses
Legal Services of New Jersey is offering help with filling out applications as well as legal assistance for those who qualify. Visit lsnjlaw.org or call 1-888-576-5529.
Are you having trouble receiving assistance after Ida? We want to hear from you. Email Ashley Balcerzak at BalcerzakA@northjersey.com.
Ashley Balcerzak is a reporter covering affordable housing and its intersection of how we live in New Jersey. For unlimited access to her work, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.