All of the federal partners can currently provide the following without the Stafford Act portion of a Presidential Disaster Declaration. More resources may be available after the assessments are completed and the impact to local communities is fully accounted for.The Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) electronic Hay and Grazing Net Ad Service (eHayNet) is an Internet-based service allowing farmers and ranchers to share ‘Need Hay’ ads and ‘Have Hay’ ads online. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=online&subject=landing&topic=hay
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- Programs of HUD Booklet
- CDBG Imminent Threat Grant for Tribes can be used by Tribes to address housing needs from the fires. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing
- People with rental assistance vouchers can use those funds to live somewhere other than the fire affected communities and can request the voucher address higher rents.
- The Capital Fund Emergency program is available to help fire affected communities rebuild.
- CDBG and HOME grants can be used to support recovery efforts.
FEMA is currently able to support the State with technical assistance and participate in the assessments. Staff is able to build linkages, coordinate, provide SME, and help generate ideas to address problems. FEMA also plays a role in coordinating the efforts of the VOAD and NDRF staff may provide assistance once the recovery effort gets underway.
SBA will participate in the assessments. The program is also currently able to provide a low-interest rate loan to home owners to rebuild or rehab their primary residence if damaged by the fires. For more information go online to https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/oda
- Homeowners of primary residences with uninsured damages can apply for loan to rebuild.
- The 504 Home Repair Program is available to very-low income people for fire related home repairs.
- Nursing homes and assisted living centers damaged in the fires can apply for Community Facilities funding to rebuild.
- People affected by the fires, and needing housing, can request from their local housing authority a Letter of Priority Entitlement that will give them priority at any RD multi-family rental property in the state. RD is also allowing non-farmworkers to reside at their seasonal farmworker housing for up to 6-months.
WA State Emergency Management Division is working with the federal and state partners to develop recovery efforts. EMD, working with the local jurisdictions, has the primary responsibility for conducting the needs assessments.
WA State Department of Commerce funds a variety of programs that provide emergency and disaster assistance to individuals, communities, and businesses. However, Commerce does not provide direct assistance.
- CDBG Imminent Threat Fund is available for cities and counties to address urgent needs. It is intended to fund short-term solutions to alleviate threats to public health and safety. It can fund eligible costs incurred from the date of the declaration of emergency. Commerce is making up to $150,000 in Community Development Block Grants available, effective September 3, 2015. The grant funding will focus on additional services to help lower income residents and municipalities in need of essential economic and housing assistance. These services could include things like case management, housing counseling, and distribution of emergency supplies – essentially helping people get what they need to begin the process of recovering from their losses. For more information, go online to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Pages/Commerce-Emergency-Assistance.aspx
- Housing Trust Fund Disaster Waiver is available to existing Housing Trust Fund (HTF) projects as a temporary waiver of some program requirements. Specifically, eligible households may self-certify their income eligibility and income restrictions may be increased to a maximum of 80% AMI through February 29, 2016. Income waivers can be extended through August 31, 2016, provided household income eligibility has been verified through normal income certification requirements. For more information, go online to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Pages/Commerce-Emergency-Assistance.aspx
- If manufactured housing parks were damaged by the fires, there may be assistance for to help support the relocation of individuals who can no longer live in the parks because of the damage. For more information go online to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Services/individualassistance/Housing/Pages/default.aspx
- CSBG funds are available to Community Action Programs (CAP) to help support services or activities that serve people with incomes up to 125% of AMI. CAP’s should contact their Commerce contract manager to discuss this opportunity.
- Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) funding can be used to support people affected by fires. CAPs and Housing Authorities with this funding from Commerce should contact their contract manager to discuss this opportunity.
- The Foreclosure Fairness Program provides homeowners foreclosure assistance by offering free housing counseling, civil legal aid and foreclosure mediation. For more information, go online to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Programs/housing/Foreclosure/Pages/default.aspx
WA State Veterans Affairs is partnering with county veteran programs to support the needs of veterans and their families with financial assistance to include short-term rental assistance. Veterans and families affected by the fires and in need of assistance can contact the WDVA at 1-800-562-2308 or online at http://www.dva.wa.gov/benefits/county-map
WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner staff is available to participate in resources fairs and community meetings to educate the public about insurance issues related to homeowners’ claims. People seeking help with insurance issues can call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-562-6900 or online at www.insurance.wa.gov