Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano reminded residents that they must complete a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance” form in order to continue to receive rental assistance.
Hurricane Sandy survivors, who received temporary housing assistance from FEMA immediately following the storm, are required to fill out the form to reaffirm that they have an ongoing need for temporary housing.
“FEMA requires Nassau residents who have been displaced by the storm must complete the declaration of need if they wish to continue to receive rental assistance,” said County Executive Mangano.
FEMA advises the declaration of need is mailed to those receiving temporary housing assistance by FEMA 15 days after applicants receive their initial rental assistance grant. Applicants who need additional assistance must mail the completed form back to FEMA at the address printed on the form. Residents who have not received the form should contact FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free number will operate 24 hours a day seven days a week until further notice.
“While I am encouraged by the progress that has been made to date, the goal is to return everyone who is still living in temporary housing to a permanent residence,” said County Executive Mangano.
FEMA rental assistance may last for up to 18 months from the date of declaration. Individuals may register for help online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. For additional information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4085, http://twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy and www.fema.gov/blog.