WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the state of New Jersey, has approved an extension of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program. Under transitional sheltering assistance, individuals or families may be eligible to stay in hotel or motel lodging for a limited period of time and have the cost of the room and taxes covered by FEMA. FEMA does not cover the cost of incidental room charges such as telephone and any other services provided.
The initial period of assistance from Nov. 1 to 14, has been extended to Nov. 28 for eligible survivors.
- An automated phone message is provided to eligible applicants to let them know of their approved extension. For those that are eligible, FEMA will authorize and fund, through direct payments to participating hotels/motels, the use of hotels/motels as transitional shelters. Any ineligible individuals and families will be provided referrals to local agencies for possible assistance with short-term lodging.
- Hotel/motel guests will not be extended for this program if their home is found to be accessible, safe, sanitary and functional, and has working utilities. Guests who are no longer eligible for the TSA program who have questions specific to their eligibility are encouraged to call the FEMA helpline, 1-800-621-3362, or visit a local Disaster Recovery Center.
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