Disaster Recovery Town Hall answers questions from community members.

BEAUMONT -      Dozens gathered inside St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Beaumont, in hopes of getting help post Harvey. 
 
     Several questions at the meeting were directed at FEMA. Many people asking when they will receive their assistance or why they were denied.
 
     FEMA announced that the enrollment date for those still needing assistance has been extended to November 24th, that is one month longer than the previous date. Also, the maximum you can receive from FEMA is now $34,000, which is a $500 dollar increase from last month.
 
Ken Higginbotham is the Public Information Officer for FEMA and says they have a large number or applications to process, be patient if you have not heard back. Also, if you were denied a claim, be sure an appeal but you must state the reason you feel you should not be denied.
"We bandage people up, we get them at least sustained and in a sanitary and secure environment. We are not here to make them pre-disaster conditions, or to make them whole again. That is where our federal partners and small businesses administration or s-b-a are there for that long term recovery."
 

For more information or how you can apply for assistance from other aid organizations - 

SBA (Small Business Administration): Online - Disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

                                                              By mail - 14925 Kingsport Rd, Ft. Worth, TX 76155

FEMA: Online - www.DisasterAssistance.gov

            By Phone - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

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