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:
- Online by create an account at disasterassistance.gov
- In Person at a Disaster Recovery Center
- By Mail
- By Fax
Things to Know:
- 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.
- The appeal must be postmarked to FEMA within 60 days of the date listed on the initial letter of determination from FEMA.
- 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:
- You have insurance that covered the your damages
- The damages were not caused by the current disaster
- The damages were not enough to affect living areas or personal property
- The home is not primary residence of the owner
- The ownership of the home cannot be verified by FEMA
- The occupancy of the home could not be verified