Federal emergency officials say an additional 4,500 South Carolina flood victims will receive help repairing their homes or other lost property after they were found to be eligible for aid upon further review.
Slightly more than 27 percent of more than 101,000 people who applied to FEMA were approved for federal assistance before the Jan. 4 deadline, totaling roughly $83.9 million statewide. However, FEMA spokesman Jim Homstad said the agency made more than 80,000 follow-up calls to applicants and found an additional 4,500 qualified for assistance.
“They were able to provide additional documentation that’s necessary to merit a further review their initial determination of ineligibility,” Homstad told South Carolina Radio Network.
The State newspaper first reported the additional funding Monday.
Homstad said the follow-up calls were through the agency’s “100 Percent Touch” initiative. During the second round of calls, many applicants originally deemed ineligible were able to provide documentation that could potentially change their status.
“In many cases, these follow-ups we initiated were already in progress,” Homstad said. “If you received benefits from insurance, FEMA cannot duplicate those benefits. You also may be ineligible for something as fundamental as missing information.”
He urges all flood survivors to keep in contact with FEMA if their case can be appealed.
Kimberly Washington filed this report