Hurricane Maria Resources
Resource Guides for Individuals Arriving in Connecticut from Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands
2-1-1 Brief eLibrary Papers on Hurricane Maria:
- Hurricane Maria – Information & Ways to Help (English Version)
- El huracán María – Información y formas de ayudar (Spanish Version)
2-1-1 Flyers and Marketing Materials:
Other Helpful Documents & Forms:
- Standby Guardian Forms for Hurricane Evacuees – English Version
- Standby Guardian Forms for Hurricane Evacuees – Spanish Version
Resources for Hurricane Maria Training Video:
Immediate Need Housing/Shelter Checklist:
1.Has the individual registered yet for assistance with FEMA?
- NO, the client has not yet registered with FEMA:
- The client should register ASAP with FEMA by dialing 800-621-3362 or by applying online at www.disasterassistance.gov. The client may be eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) or Individual Assistance (IA).
- TSA is a form of assistance that may provide disaster survivors with a short-term stay in a hotel or motel if their residence is uninhabitable or inaccessible. Unlike IA, to qualify for TSA the individual does NOT have to be the homeowner or renter of the residence that was damaged. The individual has to verify identify and citizenship/qualified alien status and have been living in a residence in an area of Puerto Rico that has been designated for TSA. If approved for TSA, clients can find a participating hotel at http://www.femaevachotels.com/index.php or by dialing 800-621-3362. Clients need to make their own hotel reservations and bring their FEMA ID number to the hotel when they check in. Payments are made directly to the hotel by FEMA. TSA registration is open until 1/13/18.
- IA is longer term assistance and, for those who qualify, may provide several months of rental assistance. IA registration is open until 3/20/18.
- YES, the client has registered with FEMA:
- If so, have they updated FEMA with their current mailing address in CT?
- Has the client been approved for Individual Assistance (IA)? If so, IA may be able to provide some rental assistance.
- If the client has been denied IA or is still waiting on a decision, they may still be eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA). They should call FEMA to inquire about TSA eligibility if they need a short-term motel stay. To qualify for TSA, the individual does NOT have to be the homeowner or renter of the residence that was damaged.
- If the client has been denied FEMA assistance, they should begin the process of filing an appeal as soon as possible.
2.Is the individual staying with family or friends in Section 8 housing?
- If they are staying with someone residing in privately owned Section 8 housing, the tenant can contact the property manager to request an addendum to their lease to allow for disaster guests to stay for a longer period of time than is normally permitted, providing the guests have registered with FEMA.
3.Did the individual have a Section 8 voucher in Puerto Rico?
- Individuals with tenant based Section 8 vouchers in Puerto Rico can ‘port’ or transfer their voucher to Connecticut in most cases. If an individual is able to locate an available unit, they would then contact the Housing Authority in Puerto Rico that issued the voucher and work with them to ‘port’ it to the new town where the housing unit is located.