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Disaster recovery

Seeking those in need of housing and available housing units

Hundreds of Vermonters are still without a permanent place to live after their homes were destroyed by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene at the end of August.  Many of these individuals are currently in temporary housing – staying with friends and family, or in hotels with help from FEMA or the Red Cross.  These are only short term solutions and each of these Vermonters need a more permanent place to live. 

More Vermont counties will receive FEMA assistance

FEMA has approved a Public Assistance Declaration for Grand Isle County, ensuring that federal assistance for road, bridge and other public infrastructure repairs will be available for every county in the state.   “This is great news,” Gov. Shumlin said. “There has been extensive damage to roads, public buildings, bridges and other infrastructure all over the state, and Grand Isle County had high power restoration costs.

Database to coordinate flood volunteer efforts

Serve Vermont and the United Way have created an online database to coordinate flood volunteer efforts. The database enables volunteer coordinators to post volunteer needs for events. Registered volunteers can then sign up to participate in the posted events. The database also enables the volunteer coordinator to manage expectations by listing the number of volunteers necessary for the event.  

Read more and access the volunteer database.


Treasury lifts subsidized unit income restrictions for Vermonters displaced by Irene

About 90 vacant federally assisted apartments will be available to Vermonters displaced by Tropical Storm Irene, thanks to a federal waiver from the U.S. Treasury Department granted at the request of Governor Peter Shumlin and through the Vermont congressional delegation’s advocacy.

Efficiency assistance for Vermonters repairing homes

As Vermonters repair or rebuild their homes, Efficiency Vermont can provide advice on replacing damaged insulation and on how to address health and safety issues. In addition, Efficiency Vermont has financial assistance available for air sealing, replacing insulation, heating and hot water systems as well as rebates on ENERGY STAR® clothes washers, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators.

For more information call  1-888-921-5990 (toll-free) or www.efficiencyvermont.com/irene.

Homesharing options for people displaced by storm

Home Share Now is facilitating short-term and long-term home sharing matches for people displaced by Irene. If the flood has left you homeless, or you have room in your home to share during this time of crisis, contact 802-479-8544 for more information about home sharing.

Learn more about home sharing at HomeShareNow.org.

FEMA and SBA officials urge homeowners affected by Irene to register for assistance

Jane Lindholm discussed options for Vermont homeowners with damage from Tropical Storm Irene today on VPR's Vermont Edition.   Guests from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  urged affected residents to register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362), visiting FEMA's website at www.disasterassistance.gov.

 Hear or read more about VPR's story.

New portal of Vermont rental vacancy lists

In response to the need for temporary and long-term housing after Tropical Storm Irene, we've added a new feature to the Vermont Housing Data website to help residents quickly view on-line lists of apartments for rent across the state.  The new "portal", accessible directly from the housing data site's home page, provides links to lists of vacancies from:

FEMA Public Assistance applicant briefings begin today

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will be holding applicant briefings for Vermont communities in counties granted a Public Assistance disaster declaration following floods from Tropical Storm Irene.   All Vermont counties received this declaration, with the exception of Grand Isle County.

Five FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open across the state

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened five disaster recovery centers across the state.  Centers are located in Killington, Dover, Barre, Brattleboro, and Waterbury.  More locations are expected to open soon.

These centers will help Vermonters identify benefits, grants, and low-interest loans that are available to help families recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene. 


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