Rep. Payne, Jr. Announces Continued Temporary Housing Assistance for Residents after Tropical Storm Ida

October 14, 2021
Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to provide financial assistance to residents in Essex, Hudson and Union counties, if they need temporary housing due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Ida. 

“I encourage all of my constituents who still need temporary housing to apply for FEMA assistance,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.  “Tropical Storm Ida did significant damage to homes throughout our district.  I want to make sure everyone gets the help they need to live in a safe and healthy environment.”

District residents can apply for FEMA assistance based on need and when adequate, alternate housing is not available to them.  Even if you have received a FEMA grant for housing already, FEMA may provide you with Continued Temporary Housing Assistance, if you have not returned to your primary residence.  Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 to determine if you are eligible for the assistance and request an application.  If you want to apply for continued assistance, your application must contain the following:

  • Pre-disaster and current household income status
  • Copies of pre-disaster lease or rental agreement signed by you and the landlord, utility bills, and renter’s insurance, if applicable.
  • Rent receipts, canceled checks or money orders showing the previous rental assistance was used to pay for housing expenses.
  • Documents that confirm your use of temporary housing and proof that you are working toward permanent housing.

If you have these documents, you may submit them to FEMA below:

  • Create an account at, click “Check Status” on the home page, and follow the instructions.
  • Upload them via the FEMA App for smartphones.
  • Mail them to:
    • FEMA National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD


  •  Fax to 1-800-827-8112, Attention: FEMA