St. Mary Parish assistance from Fema tops $1.7 million for Isaac
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released updated Hurricane Isaac housing assistance numbers Monday for St. Mary and St. Martin parishes totaling $1.766 million and $137,845 for each parish, respectively.
A total of 1,990 residents have registered for assistance in St. Mary Parish, and 195 residents have registered for assistance in St. Martin Parish, said H.R. Holman, FEMA Region 6 public information officer. Other needs assistance, which includes inside home assistance, is at $159,155 for St. Mary Parish and $8,464 for St. Martin Parish.
Holman said, statewide, 196,675 residents have registered for FEMA assistance with $89.344 million going toward housing assistance and with other needs assistance at $19.835 million.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $85.5 million in loans for disaster relief in Louisiana from the hurricane with $79 million going to residents and $6.5 million going to businesses, said SBA Public Information Officer Garth MacDonald.
St. Mary Parish has $714,700 in loans and St. Martin Parish has no loans. The number of loans in St. Mary Parish was unavailable.
Homeowners may receive up to $200,000 to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters may receive up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.
Residents looking for information on hurricane relief assistance can visit the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Morgan City open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Specialists from the state of Louisiana, FEMA and the SBA are on hand to provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. Survivors of the hurricane may register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.