Hep meeeeeeeeeeeeeee……

When we went to FEMA, the Red Cross and so forth at the start of this adventure, we were told pretty clearly that, because we suffered no (or at least negligible) damage to our home, we basically didn’t qualify for the up to $2K in FEMA money. We were referred to the SBA, and I filled out the lengthy application for an SBA loan to get my business up and operating again (whenever that will be). We’ve been among the very lucky ones who actually have a home to go back to. We’ve also been extremely fortunate to have supportive family and friends, so I figured I’d just wait to hear from the SBA.

But now I’m hearing and reading from several forums (www.nola.com among them) about others in our situation who ARE getting their $2K from FEMA. They have a place to stay, they have food and, basically, they’re okay except for not being able to return home for now. They (like us) have had to shell out some fairly substantial dollars while on the road, but have also found themselves in stable places until return is authorized.

I’m not begrudging anyone anything at this point. I don’t pretend to know each family’s individual circumstances. And I am not going to go back to try to alter anything I have reported to any agency. But I wonder if some of the hard-and-fast rules in place early (when we registered) have now been relaxed in the face of all the political backlash.

I’m not bringing this up to touch off (yet more) political argument, which strikes me as stupid and useless. But I’m wondering if the rules for getting aid are now as fluid as the ongoing changes in other rules governing what goes on along the Gulf Coast.

15 Comments so far

  1. Chris Martel (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 6:57 pm

    I would go back to FEMA and try to collect the $2,000. The $2,000 is supposed to be for living expenses incurred while you are displaced, not for home repairs or anything like that, and you are certainly displaced as the rest of us are. if you applied for it early on they might not have been aware of the proper procedure or something.

    I applied for it on fema’s website and got the $2k direct deposited into my checking account the next day.

  2. Laura (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 8:03 pm

    Craig, I called FEMA the Sunday after the storm and was told by the woman online that because of my income I was unable to receive anything but an SBA loan. When I told her I didn’t own a small business she told me that didn’t matter. She also told me that there was nothign they could do to help me until they had mailed me an application and I returned it. Seven to 10 days after that point a FEMA representative would call me to “discuss” getting aid. She also told me that when this person called I would need to have written proof of my address, which I had moved into about 3 weeks earlier. When I mentioned that my lease and utility bill and any other proof I had were not with me she said, “Well, I guess you’ve got 7 to 10 days to figure that out, don’t you?” Needless to say, I was livid.

    However, a scant week later $2000 appeared in my checking account. So the moral of the story is, if you gave them your account number when you called, check your balance. You might already have the money in there. It seems that they are giving it out to each adult member of a household, regardless of income or dependents or anything.

  3. Craig (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 11:14 pm

    These are exactly the kinds of stories I’m hearing. Thanks.
    They have my checking info. So do the disaster unemployment people.
    Zip. Nada.
    I’ll give it a while longer. Bigger fish to fry for now.

  4. JBoo (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 3:09 pm

    We got our money deposited, and I am told that it was for relocaiton expenses, etc. I did hear that if we get insurance money, though, that we would have to return this to FEMA, however it doesn’t look like we will be filing a claim (luckily).

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