As you may have seen, President Biden recently approved disaster assistance through FEMA for flood-affected individuals in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties. What follows is important information concerning resources available to survivors, and also information regarding further developments relative to the FEMA declaration (what to expect, next steps, where to apply for additional assistance, deadlines, and more).
This is a lot of information, and we are standing by to answer your questions and be of assistance in any way that we can.
NEW INFORMATION REGARDING
- FEMA is the “Federal Emergency Management Agency,” and they provide resources to people affected by major disasters.
- If you experienced damage in the recent floods to any of your property (residential or commercial), you may be eligible for FEMA assistance, even if you have insurance.
- Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
- To be eligible, you must be able to prove that you or a minor child in the household are a United States Citizen, a Non-Citizen National, or a Qualified Alien (such as a permanent resident, asylum-seeker or refugee).
- To apply, visit disasterassistance.gov (for the Spanish language version, visit disasterassistance.gov/es).
- The declaration also makes assistance available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These resources are for homeowners, renters and business owners. For information on how to apply, see the graphic below or follow this link.
- The deadline to apply for FEMA/SBA assistance is July 7, 2021.
INFORMATION FOR SURVIVORS
- If you have experienced flooding at your home before, you may be eligible for the Repeatedly Flooded Buyback Program. Homeowners can request to speak to someone about the buyback program by calling 311 and asking for “Metro Water Stormwater,” or by calling the water department directly at (615) 862-4600. An article related to this program can be found here.
- If you are looking for housing:
- Leasing Angels – Find rental properties that meet personal and financial needs. Online forms to fill out needs in Spanish or in English. (888) 491-1677
- Hispanic Family Foundation: Not serving only Hispanic survivors. Help with finding housing, and providing first month’s rent and security deposit. Also offer support for those with special needs. (615) 562-2222
- If you are looking for financial assistance:
- Catholic Charities: Providing financial assistance for meeting deductibles and hotel expenses if you have a specific plan and date to return home.
- South End United Methodist Church – Good Neighbor Fund: Rent, deposit utilities, insurance deductible. (615) 833-2077
- Free Legal Assistance available for Middle Tennessee storm survivors in 3 Counties
- Disaster Survivors: Beware of Fraud and Scams (Spanish version)
- Additional Resources via SBPprotects.org.
Disaster Recovery Connection (DRC) is administered by the Tennessee United Methodist Church and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has been serving disasters since 1940.
Disaster Recovery Connection is here to walk alongside flood survivors. Our skilled and experienced Disaster Case Managers provide referrals to community organizations for immediate flood relief needs and are knowledgeable concerning FEMA, SBA, and insurance advocacy. DRC is prepared to help in connection with local non-profits to meet survivors’ needs concerning construction, counseling, household goods, and legal assistance to name a few; regardless of gender, age, religion, residency and ethnicity.
Please feel safe in reaching out through our helpline at 615-270-9255. We are here to help and empower you through your recovery by connecting you with the nonprofit community organizations who are working together to help meet your disaster related needs.