NAMI Hurricane Relief Resource Guide
Residents of Louisiana seeking assistance with their disability housing for people with mental illness should contact OMH Housing Coordinator, DHH Program Mgr, DHH/Office of Mental Health at 225-342-1318.
Temporary Disaster Housing Program From HUD
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on November 1st will begin implementing its temporary disaster housing program to assist families displaced by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. In anticipation of the start date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given the names of more than 6,500 eligible families to HUD which will provide temporary housing assistance until March 2010.
This program will provide housing assistance and case management for homeowners and renters who were displaced by the 2008 hurricanes.
Families whose homes received substantial damage and are likely uninhabitable during the 17-month program should register with FEMA at 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362).
Only those families who meet FEMA's eligibility requirements for housing assistance under the Individuals and Households Program will be referred to HUD. An individual or a pre-disaster member of the household must be a United States citizen, a non-citizen national or a qualified alien. In addition, a person who is not a qualified alien, but whose child is a citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien, may apply for assistance on behalf of the child. The applicant must have incurred uninsured disaster-related losses in an area designated by the President for their primary residence. Eligible applicants who are expected to be unable to return to their home for a prolonged period of time due to substantial damage from the disaster will be referred to HUD.
Families who have already received a letter from FEMA informing them of their eligibility, should call HUD's Referral Call Center (RCC) toll-free 1 (866) 373-9509 to determine their current housing needs. The RCC representative will direct the family to the appropriate public housing authority (PHA), which will begin providing direct rental assistance to the residence of the individual's choice and start case management.
After all program requirements are met, the PHA will pay landlords either the Fair Market Rent (FMR) or the payment standard set by the local PHA, not to exceed the actual rent. For the first six months, the rent will be paid in full. Beginning May 1, 2009, the tenant will pay $50 towards the rent to accelerate their path to self sufficiency. Each month thereafter, the tenant's portion of the rent will increase by $50 until the tenant is paying the full rent or terminates from the program.
Starting in August 2009, families whose rent burden does not exceed 30 percent of post-disaster gross income, taking into account existing mortgages for personal residences that remain uninhabitable, will no longer be eligible for DHAP-Ike. As long as families' rent burden and mortgage continue to exceed 30 percent of post-disaster income and meet other program obligations, they will continue to receive assistance. The program ends March 13, 2010. Eligible families can live in a community outside of the disaster area and DHAP-Ike will subsidize their rent anywhere in the U.S.
Eligible applicants can actively seek and find housing prior to contact with the PHA. If the applicant finds a rental that currently is not listed, the PHA may encourage the landlord to register to participate in DHAP-Ike. Registering is a simple process that offers the landlord incentives to participate. Landlords can go to the HUD Web site at http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/publications/ike.cfm for a sample rental agreement. For rental rates, landlords can contact their local PHA.
DHAP-Ike will be implemented as follows:
Phone: 800-621-FEMACounties Eligible for FEMA Assistance
Texas counties eligible for individual FEMA services as of September 13, 2008 include:Residents of Areas Struck by Hurricane Ike
Dial 2-1-1 for Information on Assistance 24 hours a day
To aid victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike who live with serious mental illnesses, NAMI has established the NAMI Hurricane Relief Fund. To make donations to this fund, visit www.nami.org/HurricaneRelief.