The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is boosting its rental assistance to residents of New Jersey and New York left homeless after Superstorm Sandy.
The rental assistance amount is being increased by 25 percent, FEMA announced. Rental amounts are based on fair market rates set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and include the cost of shelter and utilities -- excluding telephone, cable and internet service.
An additional 1,800 rental resources in New York and 1,200 in New Jersey are expected to become available as a result of the increase, according to FEMA.
Those who are registered for federal assistance can search the FEMA Housing Portal, a site that consolidates housing options from a variety of federal agencies, as well as private organizations and individuals offering assistance. The list includes potential available housing; renters should contact the property owner to check availability.
According to the FEMA website, one week after Superstorm Sandy, 230,000 individuals had registered for assistance and more than $200 million in funding was approved.
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