Detroit, MI

City of Detroit reminds residents to claim federal assistance after storm damage

Mike Kazsyck

DETROIT, MI - Detroit city officials remind the residents to apply for FEMA assistance for those affected by heavy rain and flooding on June 25 and June 26. President Biden has announced a National Disaster Declaration for the storm, allowing federal funding to provide aids.

Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is September 13, 2021. Households within Wayne County and Washtenaw are eligible to apply, even if they only experienced food loss during the disaster. However, it is not available for individuals who currently receive food assistance.

Applicants must provide clear information that their residency areas have become unsafe to occupy and live in. Every applicant must submit their Social Security Number or the number of a minor child resident.

Before applying for FEMA assistance, check and save a copy of your policy insurance. File a claim to your insurance provider and if your claim is denied, save the denial letter. If your claim is only partially covered or pending approval, you still need to save the settlement letter or the claim evidence for your FEMA application.

Not many people own flood coverage policy in their insurance, so it's a low chance that your FEMA application would be rejected due to your insurance coverage. However, Mayor Duggan and FEMA officials explained that initial denial from FEMA doesn't mean the applicant is ineligible. Appeal procedures are available.

FEMA also recently opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Detroit, one in Kemeny Recreation Center at 2260 S. Fort Street and one in Golightly Career Tech Center at 900 Dickerson.

For more information about the application process, visit the official guide here.

You can also check other organizations that can provide relief. They are MDHHS, Red Cross, City of Detroit Community Health Corps, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, and United Way.

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