FEMA, SBA extend deadline to apply for disaster assistance to Nov. 24 in these Texas counties

The deadline to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been extended by one month, to Nov. 24, agency officials announced Oct. 20.

The deadline to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been extended by one month, to Nov. 24, agency officials announced Oct. 20.

The deadline to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration has been extended from Oct. 24 to Nov. 24, FEMA announced Friday.

Registration is open to residents in 41 counties, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller and Walker counties.

Here’s how to register for assistance:

FEMA grants are nontaxable, do not have to be repaid and do not affect eligibility for federal benefits, such as Social Security and Medicaid.

The extension also applies to individuals applying for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration, which helps businesses of all sizes, nonprofit organizations and homeowners and renters fund disaster-related damage repairs. The SBA Office of Disaster Assistance has given $1.3 billion in loans so far for Hurricane Harvey relief.

For more information on SBA disaster assistance, call its customer service center at 800-659-2955, visit www.sba.gov/disaster, or email [email protected]
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.