USVI Recovery Update
- Federal agencies have provided more than $1 billion to hurricane survivors, businesses and the territory in FEMA grants, disaster loans by the U.S. Small Business Administration and claims payments by the National Flood Insurance Program.
- The Emergency Home Repairs VI program is intended to protect public health and safety, to protect property and to enable hurricane-displaced residents to shelter at home. The program is for disaster-damaged single-family, owner-occupied residential properties. To sign up for the program call 844-813-9191, go online to www.ehrvi.com or visit one of the three Emergency Home Repairs VI Walk-In Centers.
- As Virgin Islanders continue recovering from Irma and Maria, the next Atlantic hurricane season is less than two months away. We join our colleagues in the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency in urging residents and communities to prepare now.
- Information is available on several websites, including: Ready.gov, the VITEMA Facebook page and InformUSVI.com.
- Sign up for emergency alerts on cell phones at www.VIalert.gov
By the Numbers (April 16, 2018)
Federal funding DR 4335/DR 4340: more than $1 billion
- FEMA Individuals and Households: $78.0 million
- Housing Assistance: $54.6 million
- Other Needs Assistance: $23.4 million
- FEMA Public Assistance: $492.6 million
- U.S. Small Business Administration: $492.5 million
- National Flood Insurance Program: $12.3 million
Emergency Home Repairs VI (FEMA’s STEP program)
This home repair program is administered by the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) and funded by FEMA Public Assistance Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. It makes basic repairs intended to protect public health and safety, to protect property and to enable hurricane-displaced residents to shelter at home. STEP is for disaster-damaged single-family, owner-occupied residential properties. Duplexes and townhomes are considered single-family residential property.
The deadline for Right of Entry has been extended to May 8. To sign up for the program call 844-813-9191, go online to www.ehrvi.com or visit one of the three Emergency Home Repairs VI Walk-In Centers at these locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday:
- St. John: Cruz Bay at the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D
- St. Croix: Rotary Club West, 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
- St. Thomas: Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA has five open Disaster Loan Outreach Centers where representatives can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist in completing the SBA application. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
- VIYA Building, 7G & 7H Estate Diamond, Pepper Tree Rd. (lobby), Christiansted
- Rotary Club West, 40 KA-KD Estate La Grange, Frederiksted
- Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 223, Anna’s Retreat
- University of the Virgin Islands, in the Small Business Development Center, 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720, St. Thomas; Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. only
- Legislature of the Virgin Islands, 1D Estate, Cruz Bay
Hazard Mitigation Community Education Outreach
FEMA is offering free consultations and literature on making homes stronger and safer. FEMA specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home-improvement guidance along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters.
Advisors will be available at the following location:
MSI Building Supplies
3814 Crown Bay
April 16 – 21
Mon. – Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Emergency Prescription Assistance Program Deadline Extended to May 15
Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to the hurricanes may be eligible for a free 30-day replacement of certain drugs and medical supplies. To be eligible, the survivor must have a current prescription. Check with your pharmacy to see if it is part of the program. If you have questions regarding access to care under EPAP call 855-793-7470.
FEMA has been working with the territory and local property owners to identify temporary housing assistance options to meet the individual needs of survivors.
- Direct Leasing: FEMA leases existing residential properties which are move-in ready to house eligible survivors. FEMA is working with property management companies and property owners to identify available properties. Property owners interested in having FEMA lease their property can email FEMA-USVI-DirectLease@fema.dhs.gov.
- Multi-family Lease and Repair (MLR): MLR authorizes FEMA to repair existing damaged multi-family housing units (e.g., apartments) to provide housing for eligible survivors. FEMA is working with landlords to identify potential properties for this program. Property owners interested in having FEMA lease their property can email FEMA-USVI-MLR@fema.dhs.gov.
Disaster Legal Services
- Free disaster-related legal services are still available for disaster survivors through the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. For St. Croix call 340-718-2626 and for St. Thomas and St. John call 340-774-6720.
SBA Loan Activity (April 15, 2018)
- Total amount of disaster loans: $492.5 million
- Homes: $384.2 million
- Businesses: $101.2 million
- The SBA customer service number is 800-659-2955.
Public Assistance (April 13, 2018)
- $492.6 million obligated
- 525 requests for Public Assistance
- 152 projects obligated