Clay County residents who were deeply affected by flooding that are still in need of help can easily contact FEMA this weekend and may be eligible for emergency food stamps.
The FEMA/State of Indiana Disaster Recovery Center will be open today from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room 104 of Terre Haute South Vigo High School at 3737 S. 7th Street.
Before going to the center one should apply for assistance by phone at 800-621-FEMA from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to get their name in the database. Applicants should then report to THS to meet representatives face to face and ask questions. In a case in which someone has additional questions or needs a helpful list of numbers to flood victims is printed with this article.
Residents of 40 Indiana counties, including Clay County, may qualify for food stamp assistance if they lost food or are in need of food because of recent storms and flooding across the state. This disaster relief may apply to all residents affected by the storms. County residents who are not usually eligible for food stamps may temporarily qualify if their home or belongings were damaged or destroyed and they have disaster-related expenses or if they have lost income, food or money as a result of storms and flooding. Families currently receiving food stamps until July 31 to apply for replacement for food lost in the storms and flooding. Families not currently receiving food stamps, but who may qualify for disaster relief, must apply by July 31.
The emergency measures allow local offices of the Division of Family and Children to determine eligibility for victims based on available income minus shelter and disaster related expenses. All resources except cash on hand and bank accounts will be excluded from the eligibility determination. The methodology of the disaster income limits is the maximum net income plus standard deduction minus maximum shelter deduction limit equals the maximum disaster income limit. For example: If a household's size is four, their maximum net income limit is $2,010 making the maximum allotment $465.
"This emergency assistance is welcome relief for Hoosiers who need it at a difficult time," said John Hamilton, FSSA secretary. "No one should go hungry, especially because of a disaster out of his or her control."
When applying, applicants should bring a driver's license or other picture ID, social security numbers for everyone in the household and a document that verifies their home address.
Applications can be submitted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Office of Family and Children located at 1015 E. National Ave., Brazil.