The State has released disaster relief funds that will be administered by Job and Family Services departments in Montgomery, Greene and Mercer counties. These are only to be used for losses related to the May 27 storms that affected our area.
Potentially eligible assistance groups include families with small children with incomes at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Degree of damage suffered is another criteria. Maximum potential funding is $1,000 per group. Funding may also be available to elderly and disabled individuals, with a maximum funding level of $750.
2019 Monthly Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Income Guidelines
Family Size 200% of the FPL
Customers must document that other possible paying entities, such as insurance, are unavailable or have denied their claim. Once these limited funds are gone, however, they are gone. State Disaster Relief funds can potentially cover personal expenses such as clothing; home repairs that affect the structural soundness of the residence; or major appliances needed for day-to-day living like refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.
Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) funds that can remove barriers to self-sufficiency up to once a year are similar to this funding. In this case, however, it is possible to get Disaster Funding even if you have already received PRC funding in the last year.
Assistance groups or individuals may apply for this special State Disaster Relief at The Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Look for an application table in the Yellow Area designated for Specialized Services. All applications must be received by June 8. Even if your application is in by the deadline, these limited funds may already be gone.
If you have additional questions, please call the Family Assistance Call Center at 225-4148.