FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance program

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)—FEMA has approved Louisiana’s request to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for flood survivors, officials said.

The program allows eligible Louisiana survivors of August’s severe storms and floods to stay in participating hotels temporarily if they cannot return home.

The state has requested the extension due to a lack of rental resources and because of significant, widespread damage to homes throughout Louisiana.

The TSA checkout date has been extended to Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, according to a news release.

The previous deadline was originally having the program end on Oct. 19.

Officials said FEMA will contact applicants who are eligible for the extension to notify them of their new checkout date.

TSA is meant to be a short-term housing solution to displace evacuees from flood-impacted areas who cannot return to their homes. The cost of the rooms is paid directly to the hotel by FEMA.

According to FEMA there are currently 2,426 households in the TSA program checked into 261 hotels in nine states.

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