FEMA Program Assistance Reforms Support Nearly 100,000 Additional Disaster Survivors

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery hosted FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell for a hearing on June 14 to review FEMA’s fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget proposal. In her opening statement, Administrator Criswell highlighted recent efforts by FEMA to improve access to disaster recovery resources for marginalized disaster survivors, including changes to documentation requirements long called for by NLIHC and the NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC). Administrator Criswell explained that “changing the types of documentation we accept allowed 42,000 homeowners and over 53,000 renters to receive assistance from FEMA who just a year before we would have denied assistance. . . . The total amount [of this assistance] was about $350 million.”

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