BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Emergency officials are urging flood victims to register for the Shelter at Home Program before the deadline at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 21.
The program serves to provide temporary housing solutions for individuals wanting to stay in their home and work on it simultaneously. This is the first time the program has ever been launched in the country.
Here's how the program works: each applicant's home is evaluated and, if up to $15,000 of work in that home can create a safe, secure, habitable place for the family to live while they continue their permanent home rebuilding, then that applicant may be eligible for this program.
This program is not designed to fully repair the applicant's home. Those interested in the program must apply individually and separately from registering with FEMA or the Small Business Administration.
"It's a separate registration process from the FEMA registration. A lot of people didn't realize that early on so if you have registered for FEMA that does not automatically include you in the Shelter at Home program. So take the time to look up the information, there's a lot available online to make sure you get that application in because it may take kind of piecing together some of these programs between us, FEMA, SBA, some of the other programs that are out there to get people whole again. So we just want people to be aware of everything out there," said Mike Steele, the Communications Director at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Residents who are eligible for the program should register using one of the following methods:
- By phone: 1-800-927-0216
- Online: shelterathome.la.gov
For more information about the Shelter at Home program, click here.