3 FEMA disaster recovery centers opening in Houston area

3 FEMA disaster recovery centers opening in Houston area

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James Ingledue, with FEMA, from left, HFD District Chief Hunter Schappaugh, and District Chief Richard Cole, check maps before doing welfare checks on residents in the Meyerland area, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Houston. less James Ingledue, with FEMA, from left, HFD District Chief Hunter Schappaugh, and District Chief Richard Cole, check maps before doing welfare checks on residents in the Meyerland area, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, ... more Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle

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Kiesha James, left, waits in a line with her mother, Shelly Russell, right, and her son, Brandon Beck, 2, for one of four FEMA disaster recovery centers to open Monday in Houston. Officials stressed that residents should register for aid even if they think they don't qualify. less Kiesha James, left, waits in a line with her mother, Shelly Russell, right, and her son, Brandon Beck, 2, for one of four FEMA disaster recovery centers to open Monday in Houston. Officials stressed that ... more Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff

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Houston también fue en septiembre de 2005 sede de varias jornadas de atención al público que la Agencia Federal de Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) celebró para dar a las víctimas del huracán la oportunidad de inscribirse en las listas de petición de asistencia económica. less Houston también fue en septiembre de 2005 sede de varias jornadas de atención al público que la Agencia Federal de Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) celebró para dar a las víctimas ... more Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle

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President Bush takes part in a briefing on Hurricane Gustav with David Paulison, left, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Harvey E. Johnson Jr., Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of FEMA. less President Bush takes part in a briefing on Hurricane Gustav with David Paulison, left, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Harvey E. Johnson Jr., Deputy Administrator and Chief ... more Photo: MANDEL NGAN, AFP/Getty Images

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Damon Hale, 24, who is living in the shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after evacuating from his home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, poses for a portrait on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Houston. Since Hale did not have a formal lease prior to the storm, therefore can't get FEMA assistance. less Damon Hale, 24, who is living in the shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after evacuating from his home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, poses for a portrait on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in ... more Photo: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle

As the shelter population ebbs in the Houston area two weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooded thousands out of their homes, government agencies are shifting their focus to helping residents obtain federal assistance to rebuild their lives. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Sunday that it will open three disaster recovery centers in the Houston area — in Greenspoint, Katy, and Baytown starting Monday, Sept. 11. 

Staff will be on hand to help residents navigate the paperwork needed for FEMA grants and SBA loans. As of Friday, 95,500 families in Harris County had been approved $110 million in FEMA assistance, which can be used for a wide range of short-term needs. As of last Wednesday, nearly 8,000 people in Texas had applied for SBA loans, which can be used either for homes or businesses.

Education on the merits of each program is key: As Politico reported on Friday, receiving an SBA loan can make you ineligible for a FEMA grant that you might otherwise have received. 

Here are the addresses of the disaster recovery centers, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend County)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX 77494

Baytown Community Center (Harris County)
2407 Market Street
Baytown TX 77520

Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston TX 77060

Source : http://www.chron.com/houston/article/FEMA-disaster-recovery-centers-opening-in-Houston-12187076.php

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