Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households-Disaster Housing Operations


To address disaster related housing needs of individuals and households suffering hardship within an area which by Presidential declaration has been designated as a disaster area supporting the established PPD8 Recovery goal of “providing adequate interim and long-term housing for survivors.".

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE; Provision of Specialized Services
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: Supported 11 disasters with open housing operations, which at their peak housed 3,587 households. Fiscal Year 2014: Supporting 8 disasters with open housing operations, which at their peak housed 2,958 households. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 408, Public Law 106-390.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Individuals and households, in areas which have received a Presidential emergency or major disaster declaration, whose primary residence has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance are eligible to apply for this program. The individual or household member must be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien. Direct Assistance - proof of residency, displacement must be caused by the disaster; and financial assistance to rent an alternative place to live is determined not to be a feasible option by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individual/Family (located within a Presidentially - declared emergency or disaster area).
FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations at 44 CFR Part 206. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The State Governor makes a request for a Presidential declaration of an emergency or a major disaster through the FEMA Regional Director. Requests for assistance must be made by the Governor in accordance with FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206, except as provided in Part 206.24(d) for emergency declarations involving primarily Federal responsibility. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. A Presidential disaster or emergency declaration must first be issued. Afterwards, individuals and households within an area which has received a Presidential disaster or emergency declaration, may register an application for assistance with FEMA via a toll-free number, FEMA's online application, or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.
Award Procedure
Funds are allocated from the President's Disaster Relief Fund for use in a designated emergency or major disaster area. Households receive assistance directly from FEMA or State.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, individual and household applications for disaster assistance must be filed within 60 days of the disaster.
Appeals of program decisions must be submitted in writing within 60 days of the date of the notification letter.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Restricted to Presidential-declared disaster or emergencies such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, floods, or wildfire, etc. Program activates only after issuance of a presidential declaration. Direct assistance under this program is used for temporarily housing disaster victims who lack available housing resources and would be unable to make use of potential financial assistance to rent an alternative place to live. Refer to program guidance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly and final financial reports are required. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Expenditure records (receipts) and related documents must be retained by the recipient for 3 years from the date of payment.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, limited to an assistance period not exceeding 18 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Based on program need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 500 C Street SW, Sixth Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20472-3100 Phone: (202) 212-1000
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 13 $12,579,383; FY 14 est $34,928,113; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206.101.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.