More than $3.1M in disaster aid approved for Va. residents

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A week after President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for four Hampton Roads cities impacted by Hurricane Matthew, more than $3.1 million in assistance has been approved for homeowners and renters.

The aid comes in the form of federal grants to individual residents and households as part of a joint effort by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and FEMA.

More than 1,970 households have submitted applications to FEMA for disaster grants for homeowners and renters.

Assistance is available to residents in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

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Disaster aid for individual residents may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, home repairs, personal property replacement, and other disaster-related needs.

FEMA-contracted inspectors have completed more than 1,035 home inspections to verify damage.

On top of the more than $3 million approved in FEMA grants, flood insurance policies have paid more than $12.3 million to those covered by flood insurance. 2,179 claims have been filed as of November 10.

Registering with FEMA is the first step in qualifying for disaster assistance. The deadline for storm survivors to file an application is January 3, 2017. If you suffered damage or losses because of Hurricane Matthew, you can apply by phone at 800-621-3622. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. Toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

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