FEMA Offering Temporary Housing Assistance

Panama City, Fla. - Stay in Touch with FEMA
•    Contact FEMA if you have any updates or changes to your application for disaster assistance, including access to your primary home, utility service, and current location. 
•    Visit or call the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to update your application.

Don’t wait to clean up and make repairs to your flood-damaged home
•    Take photos or videos of all damage before you start cleaning or repairing your property and save your receipts for any clean up or repairs. An inspector will contact you to arrange an inspection. Inspections are free.

Temporary Housing
•    The state-led Florida Housing Task Force surveyed available rental resources in the hurricane-impacted counties and found rental housing resources were insufficient to meet the high demand for housing in Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf and Jackson counties. 
On Oct. 28, FEMA authorized the Direct Temporary Housing Assistance Program for these counties. 
•    Direct Temporary Housing Assistance is available to eligible applicants whose primary residence is uninhabitable if FEMA determines that eligible applicants cannot use financial Rental Assistance due to a lack of available housing resources in the area. 
•    When registering for disaster assistance, survivors provide information about damage to their dwelling. The FEMA inspection determines if the home is safe, habitable and functional.
•    Additional phone interviews are being conducted to determine applicants who are identified and qualified for direct housing assistance.
•    Direct housing assistance is only available in areas where rental resources and housing options are scarce

Disaster Fraud Hotline
•    If you have been defrauded or suspect fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of disaster relief operations, call the Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 (TTY 1-844-889-4357). 
Your call is anonymous and confidential

FEMA Rumor Page

FEMA Individuals and Assistance Programs

Eligible Counties
•    Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington

Individuals & Households 
•    More than 92,899 families and individuals have contacted FEMA for help and information.
•    More than $97.6 million in FEMA grants approved, including more than $80.3 million in housing assistance, and nearly $17.3 million of Other Needs Assistance.
•    60,767 Housing inspections have been completed

Rental Assistance
•    16,615 homeowners and renters approved for rental assistance.
•    FEMA is working closely with the state to provide other forms of temporary housing.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance
•    TSA is approved for Bay, Gulf and Jackson counties 
•    Find a list of TSA-approved hotels on or contacting the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. Contact the hotel directly to secure a room. 
•    950 survivor households currently checked into hotels 
499 households have checked out

Federal Partners

Small Business Administration (SBA)
•    More than 11,000 loan applications received with nearly than $141.8 million in approved loans
•    To apply for an SBA loan call:  800-659-2955   or online at: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
•    The deadline to register for the Blue Roof Program has been extended to Nov. 14th.
•    More than 3,500 Blue Roofs have been installed. 
•    Applicants can submit ROE forms through one of two methods: 
o    Online at
o    At a Blue Roof ROE collection center; a list of open centers can be obtained by calling 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258)

FEMA/STATE Disaster Recovery Centers 

County    Location    Hours
    Bay County Public Library 
898 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    John B. Gore Park 
520 Beulah Avenue, Callaway, FL 32404
Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sam Atkins Park 
NW Silas Green Street, Blountstown, FL 32424    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Franklin    Carrabelle Public Library
311 Saint James Avenue Carrabelle, FL 32327    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Old Gretna Elementary School
706 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Gretna, FL 32332    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Port Saint Joe Library
110 Library Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Wewahitchka Town Hall
211 Florida 71
Wewahitchka, FL 32465    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Holmes County Agricultural Center
1173 E Hwy 90, Bonifay, FL 32425    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Open Nov. 9 8 a.m. Closed Nov. 9 noon.
Open Nov. 10 
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    University Extension Office
2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL 32448    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    LeRoy Collins Main Library
200 W. Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Veterans Memorial Park 
10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, FL 32321    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Community One Stop 
  318 Shadeville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL
  32327    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Washington County AG Center
1424 W. Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428    Mon. to Sun.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers
•    Two Mobile Recovery Centers are open.
County    Address    Hours
    Behind Altha Public School 
25793 North Main Street, Altha, FL, 32421    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 5 to Thurs Nov. 8 
Jackson    Grand Ridge Community Center 
6910 Hall Street, Grand Ridge, FL, 32442    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weds Nov. 7 to
Sat Nov. 10

Mobile Registration Intake Centers
•    There are four Mobile Registration Intake Centers. 
•    For locations, visit
County    Address    Hours
Bay    Lynn Haven City Hall 
826 Ohio Drive, Lynn Haven, FL 32444
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Mon. to Sun.
Bay    Mexico Beach City Hall 
201 Paradise Path, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Mon. to Sun.
Bay    Parking Lot 
225 S. Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL 32404
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Mon. to Sun.
Gulf    404 Peters Street, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Mon. to Sun.

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