FEMA assistance for Vermont residents affected by severe storms in July 2023 have until 31 October 2023 to apply. Residents in the following counties who had storm damage and incurred expenses for repairs or replacements are eligible for assistance:
Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham or Windsor
There are two types of assistance available. The first is from FEMA which is providing grants. The second is from the U.S. Small Business Administration which is providing loans for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster needs.
How to Apply
To apply for a grant or loan online, visit the Disaster Assistance website. On the site, you will be asked to enter your city, state, or zip code to confirm that your area has been declared for assistance.
The application process, which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, will ask for a variety of information. Applicants will initially be required to provide the following information:
- Address of the damaged home or business
- Contact information (phone number and mailing address).
- Social Security Number (SSN)
To apply by phone, call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
To apply in person, you must visit a Disaster Recovery Center where you will receive assistance in uploading documents and finding more information about available resources. The following centres are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays.
- Barre Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill, Barre, VT 05641
- Waterbury Armory, 294 Armory Drive, Waterbury, VT 05676
- Ludlow Community Center, 37 Main St., Ludlow, VT 05149
Please note that if you are covered by insurance, you will not qualify for assistance. Also, if you “intentionally make false statements or hide information to try to get assistance”, you are in violation of federal and state laws. This may result in criminal and civil penalties such as fines of up to $250,000, imprisonment, or both (18 U.S.C § 287, 1001, and 3571).