FEMA Individuals and Households Program Can Provide Assistance to Residents Affected by Recent Storm

TEMPLE, TX (June 21, 2024) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by disaster who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. 

Temple residents who sustained damage and losses due to the recent storm and wish to apply for IHP assistance can do so by completing the online application process available at disasterassistance.gov. If applicable, residents could receive up to $42,500 in assistance. The deadline to apply for assistance is Tuesday, July 16.

IHP assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by disaster. FEMA cannot provide assistance for disaster needs that have already been met by another source, like insurance or other assistance programs. There is no duplication of benefits. 

Please see below for details of what is covered for eligible residents and what is not covered by FEMA. 

If eligible for assistance, the following IS covered by FEMA: 

  • Household’s primary residence 
  • Temporary housing 
  • Owner-occupied home repairs
  • Rental assistance 

The following IS NOT covered by FEMA: 

  • Secondary homes

For residents who wish to apply for assistance but cannot access the online application, need help completing the application, or have questions, FEMA recommends visiting the Disaster Recovery Center located at Tarver Elementary School (7949 Stonehollow Dr, Temple, TX 76502). The center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Residents may also call the FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-3362.

All questions regarding the application process and coverage should be directed to FEMA.

Texas Health and Human Services covers other disaster-related needs, including:

  • Damage to an essential vehicle 
  • Household items 
  • Emergency supplies 
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Child-care
  • Moving and storage expenses

Please call the Disaster Assistance Unit of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission at 1-800-582-5233 for assistance.

For businesses affected by the storm, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans such as Business Physical Disaster Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For more information and to apply for assistance, please visit sba.gov/disaster.