Hurricane Ida: in figures at six months

In the six months since Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, recovery has progressed for survivors, businesses and communities. Below is FEMA’s overview of state and federal assistance approved through March 8, and some milestones since the August 29 disaster declaration.

Individual assistance

Since Hurricane Ida, more than 563,500 requests for individual assistance have been approved, totaling more than $1.16 billion in the hands of survivors. To date, FEMA has provided more than $334 million in grants for repairs and more than $309 million in rental assistance.

Over the past six months, FEMA has opened 40 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in 17 of the hardest-hit parishes, assisting more than 76,000 Louisianans with disaster assistance requests and providing other services, such as uploading information to survivor files and referrals to other agencies.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than 25,500 applications for low-interest disaster loans totaling $1.28 billion, including:

  • 25,637 home loans for nearly $1.2 billion.
  • 1,623 business loans for over $103 million.

Risk Mitigation/National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has paid more than 14,500 claims totaling more than $640 million. Mitigation specialists interacted with 22,000 survivors to repair and rebuild their homes safer and stronger. Risk Mitigation Web Resources (https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit Spanish Repair and rebuild after a hurricane (connectsolutions.com Where Vietnamese Louisiana Mitigation (connectsolutions.com generated over 18,000 individual page views.

Public assistance

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as certain types of private, nonprofit organizations affected by federally declared disasters. The aid allows the reimbursement of eligible works, including the removal of debris, emergency protection measures and repairs to infrastructure and other structures.

FEMA Direct Temporary Housing

  • 1,481 households are currently in temporary housing units and other facilities directly leased by FEMA.
  • 4,503 households have been approved for FEMA’s direct temporary housing program.

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