Residents and businesses encouraged to apply for storm-related grants and loans
Nearly $ 5 million in federal aid has been approved for Pennsylvania residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, and there is still time to seek financial assistance.
Homeowners and businesses have until Nov. 10 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for grants and low-interest loans to cover the costs of the storm, which caused devastating floods and several tornadoes in the Philadelphia area.
A disaster recovery center opened Saturday at a former CVS store located at 7219 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. There, residents can learn about individual assistance programs and verify their requests.
Representatives from the US Small Business Administration and state agencies are also available at the site, officials said.
The Roxborough Center is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
“The DRC is a one-stop-shop that provides full access to agencies that can keep disaster survivors on the road to recovery,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement on Monday. “Even if you’ve applied for federal help online or over the phone, it’s worth the trip to see what other resources are available to you during this time.”
FEMA encourages homeowners to apply even if they have insurance in case the damage is not covered.
People can receive grants to pay for rent, temporary housing and repairs. Additionally, residents may be reimbursed for costs related to the storm, such as childcare costs, damaged devices, and medical bills.
After registration, applicants will be contacted by FEMA, who may send a home inspector to investigate property damage.
A city spokesperson told Metro on Monday that Ida caused more than $ 31 million in damage to Philadelphia, and early estimates put the cost of the storm in Pennsylvania at $ 117 million. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed or suffered severe damage.
FEMA on Friday opened a DRC for Bucks County residents at a former Giant grocery store at 2359 York Road in Warminster.
The agency has previously set up centers at the Ashbridge Square shopping center in Downingtown; the Montgomery County Community College Health Sciences Gymnasium in Blue Bell; and the Chadds Ford Township Office.
Masks are compulsory on the ground floor.
Residents can also register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going to www.disasterassistance.gov.
Resources for business owners
Earlier this month, the SBA opened a special center for businesses affected by Ida at the Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave. in East Falls.
Businesses and many nonprofits can apply for loans of up to $ 2 million to repair damage to buildings, and money is available to install devices to prevent future flooding, such as flooding. sump pumps, French drains and retaining walls.
Economic disaster loans are an option for businesses that have not suffered any physical damage from the storm.
Residents can also submit low interest loan applications for certain home repairs and to replace destroyed property.
The East Falls center is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.