Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program from FEMA

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FEMA on Sept. 2, 2021 has activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance TSA program that will provide temporary housing for those who have been displaced by Hurricane Ida. This program only pays for the Room and the Taxes on the room and nothing more

By Murray Wennerlund published 9-7-2021 updated 9-7-2021 3 min. 36 seconds read viewed 368 times.


Governor John Bel Edwards public communication posted Sept. 2, 2021, "FEMA Approves Gov. Edwards Request to Activate the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program" 

The FEMA TSA program applies to any disaster victim (survivors) that have physical damage to their home or dwelling that makes it inhabitable or that is unsafe for humans to live in the survivors residence. 

The FEMA TSA program at this time applies to only those who have structures located in the following parishes. 

Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

The FEMA TSA program can only be used at select lodging who participate in the FEMA TSA program and that are located in one of the following states. 

Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Eligibility: the FEMA TSA program requires pre-approval before check-in. You must register online at DisasterAssistance.Gov or by phone by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. For TTY, call 800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

Booking: FEMA TSA eligible applicants must find and book their own hotel rooms.

Locating participating hotels: (Follow links by state to visit the main index with drop down menu and then select desired state.)

Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Search by FEMA Evacuee Lodging Provider List using your FEMA Registration Number. 

Length of time: currently the program was allocated 30 days ending on September 24, 2021. The program can be extended but at this time their is no news on extending the TSA program. It has been noted to last 18 months if transitional housing has not be approved or provided by your states disaster agency, FEMA or HUD.

Most seeking FEMA TSA assistance will have to travel out of state to find a participating motel at their own expense.

See HUD Response to Governor's request to increase FMR 360% until Sept. 24, 2021 for those who need to rent.

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