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Where Can You Get Help with Your FEMA Appeal Letter?

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There are several resources available to anyone who needs assistance with writing an appeal letter to FEMA.

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 9:24 AM

BATON ROUGE, La.–There are several resources available to anyone who needs assistance with writing an appeal letter to FEMA. An appeal is a written request to FEMA toreview your file again.This is also an opportunity to provide new or additional information not previously submitted that may affect the decision.

When filing an application with FEMA, it is important to answer eachquestion and correctly identify all damage to the home, vehicle, or other items. Ifthe application isnot complete, the letter you receive from FEMA may state that you did not qualify for assistance.

Your providing moreinformation may help in securing assistance.Taking afew more steps can possibly lead to additional funding, assistance for rebuilding or more time in a rental home until you are back on your feet.

Remember, your appeal needs to be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the decision letter.

Here are some ways to get help as you appeal the decision:

1.In-person disaster assistance serviceisavailable right now at a Recovery Service Center (RSC) in Lake Charlesthrough July 15. No appointment is needed. The center is at the Washington-Marion Magnet High School, 2802 Pineview St.Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. –4 p.m. A FEMA assistance specialist will be happy to lend a helping hand with your appeal letter.

2.Disaster Case Management works with eligible Hurricane Laura survivors needing ongoing recovery support withtheir appeals and documentation.An appointment can be made by calling 844-711-9326.

3.If you need more proof of the damage to your home, you can consider a third-party inspection.With your approval, a representative of a nonprofit organization or a FEMA assistance specialist will help document the damage to try to qualify yourapplication foradditional FEMA repair funds.

4.Specialists at the FEMA Helpline are available every day to answer your questions and suggest ways to provide the missing information. For example, they can advise what documents FEMA will accept as proof of occupancy.If your lease was destroyed in a flood, perhaps you have a utility bill you can provide. Call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for help. Helpline experts can also see that you receive reasonable accommodations for a disability, or access or functional need.

5.Perhaps you need help with writing the appeal letter. Someone else can write it for you with your permission. Is there a relative, a neighbor or a volunteer in the community who would be willing to help with this? You will need to give your written permission before sending the appeal letter.

6.If you have a legal question or need help with your appeal letter, survivors from Hurricanes Laura and Delta and the 2021 winter storms can receive help from a lawyer through Disaster Legal servicesfree to low income disaster survivors.

Call:

▪Alexandria Office –318-443-7281 or toll free: 800-256-4343

▪Franklin Office –337-346-5702 or toll free: 844-577-6456

▪Lake Charles Office –337-439-0377 or toll free: 877-256-0639

▪Lafayette Office –337-237-4320 or toll free: 800-256-1175

▪Monroe Office –318-699-0889 or toll free: 800-259-6591

▪Natchitoches Office –318-352-7220 or toll free: 800-960-9109

▪Shreveport office –318-222-7186 or toll free: 800-826-9265Make your appeal by sending a signed and dated letterexplaining the reason(s) for the appeal.

It should also include: the applicant’s full name, the disaster number (4606 for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in May), the address where the applicant lived at the time of the disaster and the applicant’s currentaddress andphone number.Appeal letters and supporting documents may be submitted to FEMA by fax or mail or via a FEMA online accountat www.disasterassistance.gov.

Mail: FEMA National Processing Service CenterP.O. Box 10055Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055Fax:800-827-8112Attention: FEMAFor the latest information on the May 17-21 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4606. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/FEMARegion6

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