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FEMA Funds Disaster Housing Assistance Program


December 12, 2005, BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are helping individuals and families with rental assistance who were previously a resident of HUD-assisted housing prior to Hurricane Katrina.

Through a new FEMA-funded housing assistance program called the Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program (KDHAP), families will be able to settle in areas, across the United States, that were not affected by the disaster. FEMA will relocate families to the area of their choice. The families may return to their home state as housing is rebuilt or repaired.

To qualify for the KDHAP program, individuals must have been previously HUD assisted by a Section 8 voucher, in public housing or in some other type of HUD-assisted property, or homeless immediately before Hurricane Katrina.

KDHAP provides up to 18 months of rental assistance beginning from the date of the official declaration of the disaster on Aug. 29, 2005. Eligible families must first register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 and be registered no later than Dec. 31, 2005 to be eligible for KDHAP.

The amount of rental assistance for KDHAP is up to 100 percent of the fair market rental rate for the area. All property owners and landlords are encouraged to support the KDHAP program and make their vacant units available to families displaced by Katrina. They should contact their local housing authorities if they have units available.

To register with the KDHAP program, call the KDHAP Referral Call Center at 1-866-373-9509.


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