FEMA: Eight More Puerto Rico Municipalities Eligible for Individual Assistance

Eight more municipalities that were affected by the earthquakes that began in December in Puerto Rico have been designated as eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

At the request of the Government of Puerto Rico, FEMA extended eligibility for disaster assistance to AguadaAñasco,Barceloneta, CoamoMocaNaranjitoSalinas and Santa Isabel.

“I am very grateful to FEMA for accepting our request so that more municipalities can benefit from the Individual Assistance program,” said Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced. “The constant communication and the seriousness with which we have dealt with these issues have been essential for the federal government to reestablish their confidence in us. These results are direct benefits for the people of Puerto Rico.”

“As this disaster has unfolded, we have continued to see new communities and survivors impacted by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Alex Amparo. “I’m pleased to announce that survivors who have received damage to their homes in these newly designated municipalities are now eligible to apply for a wide variety of federal funding including rental assistance, housing repair and replacement as well as other needs assistance which can greatly increase the speed of their recovery.”

Twenty-five municipalities were previously approved: AdjuntasAreciboCabo RojoCialesCorozalGuánica, Guayanilla,HormiguerosJayuya, Juana DíazLajas, Lares, Las Marías, MaricaoMayagüezMorovis, OrocovisPeñuelas, PonceSabana GrandeSan Germán, San SebastiánUtuado, Villalba and Yauco.

If you suffered damage during the earthquakes which began Dec. 28 through Feb. 4 and you are a resident of any of the 33 municipalities, you can now apply for FEMA disaster assistance. 

Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as disaster-related needs such as personal property, medical, dental and funeral expenses, transportation, childcare, moving and storage.

Keep in mind that you must apply directly with FEMA to be considered for FEMA disaster assistance. FEMA grants can add to what is available from the Government of Puerto Rico and therefore require a separate application.

There are several ways to apply:

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