Federal aid nearing $5.9M for fire victims
Nearly $5.9 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for victims of the wildfires in Sevier County.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved 323 requests for a total of $2.4 million, according to a FEMA news release Friday. Of that total, $1.3 million is for housing assistance and $1.1 million is for other needs assistance, usually covering household possessions.
The Small Business Administration has approved $2.2 million in loans to homeowners and renters, $574,000 in loans to business for physical disaster damage, and $740,400 in economic injury disaster loans to businesses to replace working capital lost due to the disaster.
The last day to register for federal money made available after the President declared Sevier County a natural disaster area on Dec. 15 is Feb. 13.
Centers to get help in filing for disaster relief are open at the Gatlinburg Community Center and the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet directly behind the Country Music Store. Applicants can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-6213362. A total of 508 people have visited the centers since they opened.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
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