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FEMA will pay for some hotel rooms for Hurricane Ida evacuees. Here’s how to apply. | News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday it will cover hotel costs for Hurricane Ida survivors whose homes or lodgings were damaged in 25 southeastern Louisiana parishes.

The program, called Transitional Sheltering Assistance, will provide survivors with free short-term housing while they recover from the Category 4 storm.

If you have not already done so, you must first register with FEMA at Disasterassistance.gov or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Those wishing to take advantage of the program must find and reserve their own hotel rooms. Participating hotels are listed on www.femaevachotels.com.

Residents who were moved to a state-run shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida are eligible for the program. This includes more than 3,000 survivors at 31 shelters statewide.

You may also qualify if you have been displaced by the storm and are living in a car, hotel or motel, tent, mass shelter, or your workplace.

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Eligible parishes include: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Survivors can stay in hotels in Louisiana and nine surrounding states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

For TTY, call 800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

Governor John Bel Edwards praised President Joe Biden and FEMA in a statement Thursday for approving his request to activate the Transitional Housing Assistance Program. Biden is scheduled to travel to Louisiana on Friday to visit the destruction from Hurricane Ida.

“Due to the extensive damage caused by the storm, thousands of our fellow citizens are displaced and this program will provide them with essential short-term housing as they recover and rebuild their lives,” Edwards said. “Housing was in critical shortage before the storm and this problem was exacerbated by the extensive damage.”