BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Officials announced Monday that FEMA has once again approved the state’s request to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for flood victims until Sunday, Dec. 18.
The program allows eligible flood victims from August’s historic flooding to stay in participating hotels temporarily if they cannot return home.
The TSA checkout date was originally set for Wednesday, Oct. 19 before it was first pushed back to Friday, Nov. 18.
The state requested the extensions due to a lack of rental resources as well as the significant, widespread damage to homes.
Officials also requested the second extension be used for flood victims who have registered with FEMA and are currently staying in their vehicles, hotel, shelter or place of employment.
The TSA program is meant to be a short-term housing solution to help displaced flood victims who are unable to return to their homes. According to officials, FEMA pays the cost of the room directly to the hotel.