Other Needs Assistance

What is ONA:  Other Needs Assistance Explained

What Agency Offers it:  FEMA

When is it offered:  Its offered by FEMA after presidential disaster declaration  

What it is: When FEMA is offering ONA this is incidental money available for necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster.  This includes medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, moving and storage, and other expenses that are authorized by law. Assistance from ONA is cost-shared, between FEMA (75 percent) and the State (25 percent).  These funds however are only available if you do not qualify for a small business loan from the SBA.

Who can qualify:  All residents inside the affected declaration zone, (see Map of counties) FEMA will review on a case by case basis.  It includes citizens, non citizens and, aliens.  Proof of identity will be required and you will need to specify which type of citizenship criteria you meet.

Must it be paid back?:  No

How do you register:  At DRC locations, by phone or by web, but you must first be referred to it by FEMA.  FEMA will only refer you to it if you do not qualify for SBA loan.

More Information:  http://www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/individual-assistance.shtm

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