LINCOLN – Federal disaster assistance is available to renters in Nebraska counties and tribal areas whose homes and property were damaged by the March severe weather storms, straight-line winds and flooding.
According to a release from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, there are federal grants that can help pay for temporary housing. These rental grants are for a 30-day period, subject to review until the renters’ previous homes are again livable or they find another home.
Aid is offered to residents of Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Howard, Knox, Madison, Nance, Nemaha, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston and Washington counties as well as the Santee Sioux Nation.
Also, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to help Nebraska renters repair or replace disaster-damaged personal property, including automobiles. Loan rates as low as 2.063 percent with terms up to 30 years can be made for eligible losses up to $40,000. Eligible losses include damages to personal property in designated counties that are either uninsured or underinsured and the survivor has not received compensation from other sources.
Both renters and homeowners may able be eligible for Other Needs Assistance (ONA) through FEMA. ONA helps survivors with uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster.
The first step is to register with FEMA for assistance. Visit www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
For additional information about SBA disaster loans, the loan application process or for help completing the SBA application call 800-659-2955. Visit SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster if you have more questions.