April 23, 2024
At a Feb. 13, 2024 press convention organized by Alliance San Diego, residents mentioned they felt deserted and unsure about their future after the Jan. 22 flooding. Courtesy Alliance San Diego / Instagram.

San Diego County introduced Friday that its Emergency Momentary Lodging program, which was established to assist folks displaced by flooding earlier this 12 months, will finish by Might 11.

“Many are working towards discovering an appropriate place to stick with FEMA catastrophe support and will keep as much as Might 11…. This enables households to organize and transfer to a extra everlasting housing location,” the county mentioned in a launch.

This system was created as “a bridge” to supply short-term housing for residents displaced by the January floods, the county mentioned.

The county mentioned it’s offering a useful resource packet with letters informing residents of the transition, together with info on psychological well being, volunteer assist, meals assist, and Federal Emergency Administration Company and state sources.

County officers mentioned they’re letting residents know once they should transition out of this system, primarily based on particular circumstances. As many as 800 households took half in this system.

Officers mentioned the county, together with San Diego and Nationwide Metropolis, have known as greater than 400 program individuals who haven’t but utilized for FEMA help “to encourage them to use for the federal support as quickly as potential.”

Officers mentioned making use of to FEMA “is a vital step” of the short-term housing program.

The county mentioned 169 households didn’t reply cellphone calls or responded as of Friday.

Residents can register with FEMA by calling its hotline at (800) 621- 3362 or visiting disasterassistance.gov.

Beginning Tuesday, letters can be despatched to program individuals who might now not be eligible to stay within the Emergency Momentary Lodging Program, officers mentioned.

Greater than 6,000 residents and households have registered for FEMA help, with 2,299 already accepted to obtain monetary assist for house restore or discovering a brand new place to dwell, in accordance with the county.

Officers added that $17 million has been paid out.

Based on the county, households have been positioned into one in every of three classes:  these needing to transition out of this system inside seven days or 14 days, or those that can stay as much as Might 11.

County officers mentioned that households being requested to depart this system inside seven days are ones for whom the county has no document of FEMA support registration, or who violated the code of conduct, didn’t have documentation their house was impacted by January flooding, or didn’t submit a declare for householders or renters’ insurance coverage.

Officers urged residents within the short-term housing program with questions on FEMA eligibility to name 858-715-2255 as quickly as potential.

County Catastrophe Service staff “can be ready to reply questions and supply steerage when the packets are handed out,” in accordance with the county, including workers will return cellphone messages over the weekend.

A seven-day window will enable residents “to search out different preparations or to be linked with sources obtainable by means of housing businesses or packages,” county officers mentioned.

Folks leaving the short-term lodging program in two weeks “acquired notification from FEMA that their house is protected to maneuver again into,” the county mentioned, including that offers them time to make transferring preparations, clear and purchase home goods.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.