Sumter County residents are now eligible to apply for federal aid as they try to recover from damages to their homes and property caused by Hurricane Matthew now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has added 15 more South Carolina counties to its Individual Assistance list.
With the addition, Sumter residents can now seek money for temporary rental assistance and home repairs, as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
To review or apply for the various programs, residents can either register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362. The phone number will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
When applying for these programs, applicants will need a number of items, including their Social Security number, the address of the damaged home or apartment, a description of the damage, information about the property’s current insurance coverage, a contact telephone number, an address to receive mail, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.
In addition to Sumter, other counties now eligible for individual assistance include Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg and Williamsburg.
In addition to the Individual Assistance program, FEMA has also qualified Sumter County for public assistance, allowing the local government to apply for help in paying for debris removal. By making this program available as well, Sumter County government agencies can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their costs in responding to the storm.