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KNOW THIS: FEMA is ONLY short term recovery. FEMA Trains all it's employees, temporary contractors the same. FEMA also trains your local city, county, parish, and state government Emergency Management agencies. This is why you will NEVER see the full recovery process on FEMA documents. This is why many of you will drop out of the recovery process and this is why MANY of you will lose your homes because of the delivery process and what is NOT said by FEMA.

  1. FEMA tells you that your household needs to apply for IA and IHP grants.
  2. FEMA sends damage determination letter called FEMA Verified Loss (FVL).
  3. FEMA tells you to to apply to the SBA Disaster Loan program if you would like to continue with your disaster recovery.
    • FEMA may tell you that you must apply with the SBA and if declined by the SBA agency you will be referred back to FEMA for additional federal resources.
    • It is very rare this will ever happen and if it does you can expect maybe $7,000 or less in ONA (Other Needs Assistance) grants.
    • SBA will approve a loan for your household based on total income of $18,090 net per year.
    • SBA will approve your household if you have a credit score of 350 or more.
    • SBA will count all persons 15 years of age and older making a taxable income as part of the household income.
    • SBA will approve your loan based on the amount of insurance you have related to the disaster. Example: $150,000 in Flood insurance the SBA will lend that homeowner regardless of income or credit scores up to the maximum payout of the insurance policy.
    • SBA will approve your loan based on the collateral that was damaged and at pre-flood.
    • You're not told about HUD CDGB-DR grants that you may have been qualified for if you didn't apply to the SBA disaster Loan Program.
    • You're not told that Grants are awarded based on household income levels.
    • You're not told that if your household income is less than 80% AMI you will receive HUD CDBG-DR grants when they become available in about 12 months from the disaster month.
    • You're not told that if you take an SBA Disaster Loan that amount of the loan you are approved for will be counted as Duplication of Benefits against any future federal assistance even if you do not draw the full loan mount.
  4. FEMA's Flowchart on Federal Assistance Delivery Sequence.
  5. Our updated based on real world input to FEMA's flowchart on Federal Assistance - Delivery Sequence.
  6. What we need to assist more disaster victims is this flowchart for Federal Assistance. FEMA to HUD / SBA Flowchart for a more balanced recovery process based on ability to take additional household debt.

  • We have several grassroots programs which can help you if you interact with them. Don't think for a moment recovery will come knocking on your door. You have to go out and make it happen.

    We'll help you build your advocacy group as well as help you with becoming a positive change activist.

    Some groups you might be interested in.

    • Restore LA Program Info Exchange Focus: HUD CDBG-DR Grants, State Grantees, SBA DOB related to HUD Grants. Focus on HUD Recovery Grants and local state policies.
      (Private Facebook.Com Group in Louisiana all are welcome.)
    • Stop FEMA Now Focus: FEMA Recovery efforts, SBA Disaster Loans, Long term recovery focus on Super storm Sandy Victims. (Public Facebook.Com Group based out of New Jersey.)
    • SBA Disaster Recovery Loans Learn who should not apply. Learn what the SBA will do to approve you. Learn about low income homeowners without credit being offered loans by using their homes as collateral. Learn the truth about the SBA lending practices and how some homeowners would never be able to repay the loan.
      (National group focused on SBA Disaster Loans and what the true costs are.)
    • Homeowner - Contractor Focus: Helping Homeowners self contract and manage their own hiring and firing of workers to get the job of recovery completed. We share our experiences and share our processes.
      (Public Facebook.Com Group for homeowners managing their construction projects)
    • Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Focus: Disaster Feedback in relationship to Congressional Representatives actions for better recovery processes. This is a mix of federal policy with homeowners feedback related to federal disaster recovery policy.

    Proposed / Needed Groups:

    • State of XX HUD CDGB-DR Grantee: We need individuals that have time to administrate and moderate local groups focused on your state agencies that distribute HUD CDBG-DR grants. We will assist you with your setup and help you keep up with HUD policy as well as forecast what move your state will make within the program. We'll teach you how to be your states "Watchdog" to reduce government waste and to help guard against fraud against the American Taxpayers.
      (Groups by state for HUD CDBG-DR Grant award assistance. Groups need to form before FEMA - SBA applicants are started.

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  • Limited rental assistance to no more than 24 months to a household, now is 3 yrs. for TX, LA, PR, Virgin Isl
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    FEMA Limits rental assistance to no more than 24 months to a household. Continuums of Care in Texas, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida due to damages and related flooding sustained by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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