Additional Disaster Housing Recovery Updates - January 11, 2021

The NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition is convening and supporting disaster-impacted communities to ensure that federal disaster recovery efforts reach all impacted households, including the lowest-income and most marginalized people who are often the hardest-hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover.    

Resources & Reporting

HUD announced the publication of two Federal Register notices allocating $272,072,000 in CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT funds made available by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019.

The Washington Post reports that of the more than 3,000 counties in the U.S., FEMA's National Risk Index rates Los Angeles County as the most dangerous county for natural disasters.

Hurricanes Laura & Delta

FEMA announced on December 23 that survivors in Allen and Iberia parishes are now eligible for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Delta. Survivors are not required to provide additional documentation and will not receive a late-application letter. Those who previously registered for Hurricane Delta (not Hurricane Laura) assistance from those two parishes do not have to re-register. Their existing registrations will now be processed. 

Hurricane Zeta

FEMA announced on January 1 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas impacted by Hurricane Zeta.

Iowa Derecho

A winter storm in December that dropped upwards of 10 inches of snow on some Iowa communities created additional challenges for Iowans still repairing damages to their homes from last fall’s derecho. Service providers report that the aftermath of the derecho has led to an affordable housing shortage and pushed many residents closer to homelessness.

Wildfires in the West

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported that by the end of 2020, at least 4,201 homes were destroyed by the wildfires, with 13 more homes seeing major damage.

FEMA began the construction of a site for temporary housing units for qualified survivor families from Linn and Marion counties. Currently, 250 survivor families are approved to receive FEMA Direct Temporary Housing in four counties. The new site in Mill City is expected to hold up to 16 temporary housing units. According to a FEMA spokesperson, the manufactured homes are expected to arrive in Mill City in three to four weeks, depending on the weather.