Members, communities, and tenants impacted by natural disasters remain in our thoughts and prayers as hurricane recovery continues.This page is dedicated to keeping the NAHMA network informed on relief efforts and will be regularly updated as information becomes available.

Following the devastation in our southern states, various agencies announced relief efforts for those affected by the severe flooding:

  • Displaced persons should register with FEMA in order to qualify for assistance offered by other agencies
  • HUD Multifamily Owners and Agents can find emergency and disaster guidance under Chapter 38 of HUD Handbook 4350.1

The Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Assistance –  If you encounter circumstances where your personal insurance will not cover damage from the disaster, you may contact FEMA at (800) 621-3362(FEMA) or TTY (800) 462-7585 for potential additional assistance or at disasterassistance.gov.

  • For those who are eligible for FEMA assistance, FEMA transitional housing assistance provides lodging to displaced survivors who need a place immediately. FEMA pays the hotel/motel directly for this assistance.
  • FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program provides financial assistance in the form of grants to survivors with uninsured or under-insured flood related losses. To-date, more than 176,000 individuals and households have been approved for more than $141 million in assistance. Of that amount, $50 million is approved for housing assistance, such as rental assistance. Survivors may use the rental assistance to obtain temporary housing such as a house, apartment, hotel, motel, or other readily-available dwelling for rent by the public.
  • As part of FEMA’s comprehensive approach to meet the post-disaster intermediate housing needs caused by Hurricane Harvey, FEMA is considering all available housing options for survivors. FEMA is working with federal, state and local partners to assess the temporary housing needs and the best options to meet those needs.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

A variety of housing options will continue to be considered to ensure disaster survivors with housing needs receive assistance to help their way to recovery.

HUD is the lead federal coordinating agency for long-term disaster-related housing needs resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Federal partners are working closely with the Texas state-led housing task force, as well as other state, local, tribal and voluntary agencies, to meet the need for quality affordable rental homes. They’re also focused on identifying strategies to strengthen the housing market, building inclusive and sustainable communities, and integrating disaster mitigation measures into community design and development, to reduce future damages.

HUD is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Justice, FEMA and other federal departments, agencies and national organizations. Below is a summary of the short-term, intermediate and long-term efforts already underway:

Short-term Housing Activities
Intermediate and Long-Term Housing Activities

HUD is giving communities in Presidentially-declared disaster areas the flexibility to redirect millions of dollars in annual CDBG and HOME formula funding to address critical needs, including housing and services for disaster survivors. In addition, HUD is:

  • Making insurance available for both mortgages and home rehabilitation: HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage. It also allows homeowners who have damaged houses to finance the rehabilitation of their existing single-family home. Borrowers from participating FHA-approved lenders may be eligible for 100 percent financing.
  • Offering mortgage relief options for homeowners affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma through payment deferrals.
  • Offering Section 108 loan guarantee assistance: HUD will offer state and local governments federally guaranteed loans for housing rehabilitation, economic development and repair of public infrastructure.
  • Insurance proceeds help insured homeowners and renters to repair hurricane-damaged, or flood-damaged property more quickly. The National Flood Insurance Program is authorizing advance payments of certain NFIP claims to expedite recovery. Call your insurance agent to find out more or to file a flood insurance claim under the NFIP.

USDA – Rural Development

Rural Development can help existing Rural Development borrowers who are victims of natural disasters. Below are brief descriptions of the disaster assistance options for our borrowers.

USDA is offering the following disaster assistance:
Housing Vouchers through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Disaster victims who are not Rural Development borrowers should contact FEMA. FEMA will be making USDA-Rural Development housing vouchers available to those displaced by the storm.

Multifamily Housing has been given two contacts at FEMA who are leading the housing assistance planning effort at FEMA:

Single-Family Housing Loan Borrowers or Grant Recipients

What is available to assist you if you have been impacted by disaster and are a Rural Development (RD) Single Family Housing Direct borrower?

  • Moratorium- If you have excessive, non-reimbursed expenses resulting from damage to your property; non-reimbursed medical expenses or have lost your job as a result of the disaster, you may be eligible for a moratorium which is a temporary period where you are not required to make your house payment for up to 180 days.
  • Insured Losses- If your property is damaged, please contact us to obtain a claims package which will explain how to work with your insurance agency and RD to process your claim.
  • Payment Assistance- If your income has been reduced by over 10% and will be for the foreseeable future, you can request a payment assistance package. We will review the information to determine if you may be eligible for payment assistance or an increase in the assistance that you currently receive.

To request loan servicing assistance, borrowers should contact the Customer Service Center (CSC) Monday through Friday, 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Central Time. Please have your account number or social security number available when you call or write us: USDA, Rural Development, CSC, Post Office Box 66889, St. Louis, MO 63166, Phone: (800) 414-1226, TDD: (800) 438-1832, Email Inquiries: rdquestion@stl.usda.gov

Multi-Family Housing Loan Borrowers and Their Tenants

Residents in Rural Development-financed apartment complexes who are displaced by a natural disaster may apply for occupancy at any of our apartment complexes and receive special priority consideration for the next available unit. Displaced tenants who are receiving Rental Assistance may have their subsidy transferred if the complex they move to is eligible for the Rental Assistance program.  Although Rural Development expects borrowers’ hazard insurance to cover damage costs associated with the disaster, we can consider temporary measures to reduce borrowers’ financial burdens and work with them, if needed, to develop a servicing workout plan.

To request loan servicing assistance, borrowers should contact Multi-Family Housing Specialists in their State Office.

Community Facilities Loan Borrowers

Community Facilities borrowers adversely affected by a disaster can receive servicing assistance to help minimize their losses. To request loan servicing assistance, borrowers should contact Community Program Specialists in their State Office.

Read about these and other USDA programs designed to assist disaster victims.

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

These federal resources can help communities prepare for disasters and respond and recover after they happen.

This toolkit provides an overview of challenges that may occur during disaster-caused disruptions and the impact these challenges pose for individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs, and it outlines strategies to prepare and minimize service disruption.

This toolkit helps communities address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations through comprehensive disaster planning, response and recovery, and long-term recovery. The toolkit takes local governments, service providers, and others through the process of planning and implementing a disaster response and recovery effort that serves all members of their community.

The National Mass Care Strategy provides resources related to immediate emergency response, including, sheltering, feeding, distributing emergency supplies, reunifying families, providing immediate access to health, and emotional and spiritual health services, and accessing information.

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses. SBA’s District Offices are responsible for the delivery of SBA’s many programs and services throughout the country.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Loans are available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS announced tax relief for certain affected counties.

The IRS announced that storm victims in certain Texas counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey will have until January 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Aug. 23, 2017.

  • The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.

Other

  • Local communities, the American Red Cross, and other voluntary and faith-based agencies are providing emergency shelter to those displaced by the storm and subsequent flooding.
  • AmeriCorps and other voluntary and faith-based organizations are helping to clean out flood-damage to homes.