FEMA Appeals

FEMA Appeals

If your aid is denied, you may appeal the decision. Any FEMA regarding your application for individual assistance may be appealed. You may appeal a denial of assistance, the amount or type of assistance approved, overpayments determined, or denial or continued Temp Housing Assistance. You can file an appeal:
  1. Online by create an account at disasterassistance.gov
  2. In Person at a Disaster Recovery Center
  3. By Mail
  4. By Fax

Things to Know:

  1. Appeals must be in writing and signed by you or your co-applicant. If you allow a third party to submit the appeal for you (like a lawyer for example), they must sign, and you must sign a statement authorizing them to do so.
  2. The appeal must be postmarked to FEMA within 60 days of the date listed on the initial letter of determination from FEMA.
  3. Decisions on your appeal are usually made by FEMA within 30 days, but can take up to 90 days after they receive the appeal letter.

Common Reason for Denial:

  1. You have insurance that covered the your damages
  2. The damages were not caused by the current disaster
  3. The damages were not enough to affect living areas or personal property
  4. The home is not primary residence of the owner
  5. The ownership of the home cannot be verified by FEMA
  6. The occupancy of the home could not be verified

Helpful Links

For more about FEMA AppealsĀ  see: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual/after-applying/appeals