Jackson County survivors may be eligible for sheltering assistance from FEMA

Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 17:01:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Hurricane Michael survivors from Jackson County who are unable to return home due to damage may be eligible to stay in a hotel paid for by FEMA.

FEMA and the State of Florida have now activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Hurricane Michael survivors in Bay, Gulf and Jackson counties.

Survivors may be eligible for TSA if they can’t return home and their housing needs can’t be met through insurance, shelters or rental assistance provided by FEMA or another agency (federal, state or charity).

If you registered for assistance through FEMA, you will be notified of your eligibility through an automated phone call, text message and/or email depending upon the method of communication you selected when you registered.

FEMA will pay the cost of the room and taxes directly to participating hotels and motels. The applicant is responsible for all other costs, including laundry, room service, parking, telephone, food, pet fees, transportation or other services.

Continued eligibility is determined on an individual basis and demonstrated need. When eligibility ends, you will be notified seven days before your checkout date.

To locate participating hotels, visit and click on the “Transitional Sheltering Assistance Hotel Locator,”at the top of the page, or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

TSA does not count toward an applicant’s maximum amount of assistance available under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).