FEMA says nearly $1.3 billion in federal aid has come to our area

FEMA says nearly $1.3 billion in federal aid has been given to our area. (Carmen Fleischmann)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program for Hurricane Michael victims has ended.

FEMA says the program closed June 8th, nearly eight months after the storm hit our area. They say they helped more than 2,000 households with housing at no cost to those people impacted by the storm. They say the program cost $16.5 million.

As of June 14th, FEMA says nearly $1.3 billion has come to our area in federal aid.

A break down of that money looks like this:

$143.6 million in grants given to more than 42,100 homeowners and renters in 12 counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. These grants helped pay for uninsured or under-insured losses or damage from Hurricane Michael.

FEMA launched a direct housing mission less than 30 days after Hurricane Michael for Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, and Jackson Counties. To date, FEMA says the sites have helped 971 households with direct temporary housing.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says it has approved more than 12,600 loans for homeowners and renters, and 1,200 loans for businesses, totaling nearly $638.5 million for rebuilding.

Out of the 4,255 National Flood Insurance claims that have been received, 3,900 have been closed out, totaling $215.4 million.

More than $206 million in Public Assistance grants have been obligated by FEMA to reimburse state and local applicants for debris removal, emergency protective measure costs and other projects.

Local governments and state agencies report nearly 33 million cubic yards of debris have been removed from our area.

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