HUD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on March 27 that the agencies will reinstate the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) for survivors of Super Storm Sandy living in New York.
DHAP-Sandy will provide temporary rental payments to landlords housing families displaced by Sandy. Families will not have to apply separately from other applications for assistance; FEMA will determine qualified households and refer them to HUD.
“This new program will allow displaced families now living from week-to-week to secure more stable housing. It is a better bridge from displacement to permanent relocation in their former homes. The Disaster Housing Assistance Program has supported over 30,000 families in past disasters and now after Super Storm Sandy, it’s important that displaced New Yorkers have the means to affordable housing while they search for a more permanent home,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) in a press release. “I am pleased that FEMA and HUD have stepped up to the plate to reinstate this critical program so that displaced individuals can move forward after Super Storm Sandy.”
The temporary DHAP program was previously used to assist survivors of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. More details about DHAP Sandy will become available in coming weeks.