Dutchess County has been approved for additional disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Hurricane Ida for homeowners, renters, and businesses. Dutchess County residents who have experienced property or income damage must now register for assistance, regardless of whether damage estimates were initially provided.
Residents and businesses can now apply for assistance in the following ways:
FEMA's Individual Assistance program includes grants for repairs and for rent of alternative housing, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and grants for other serious unmet needs.
Dutchess County received a major disaster declaration late last month, following Hurricane Ida which struck Dutchess County in early September damaging over $2.5 million worth of public assets and municipal facilities. The County has continued to advocate for the addition of Individual Assistance to help homeowners and businesses recover from more than an estimated $1 million of damage to private homes, apartments, and businesses so far.