What is discrimination of marital status according to FEMA?

February 21, 2008

The IHP Program discriminates against applicants who are divorced and who have evacuated to live with “family.” Family is defined by FEMA. Estrangement and divorce prior to the disaster play no role in this law. It makes no sense. Because FEMA declares and defines “family” . . . its actions are discriminatory.

I thought this was America.

The IHP Program and FEMA determine the definition of “family” where this definition excludes the applicant.

I’m out of words.

Section 218 –
Amends the Stafford Act to prohibit the President from denying housing assistance to a displaced individual or household because a member of the predisaster household has already received assistance if such individual or household: (1) has evacuated the predisaster residence and resides in a different location than such member of the predisaster household; (2) is a victim of domestic violence and resides in a different residence than such member of the predisaster household; or (3) has other good cause for maintaining a separate household.
Provides that temporary housing assistance may include the payment of utilities, excluding telephone service, and that security deposits may be taken into consideration in determining the amount of assistance. Directs the President to provide assistance in an amount up to 120% of fair market rent plus specified costs if the President determines that, as a result of rental market changes caused by the major disaster and its consequences, the fair market rent does not accurately reflect the reasonable cost of rental units available. Permits the President to provide assistance over that percentage in extraordinary circumstances.
Directs the President to issue public guidance in simple terms explaining the types of housing assistance available under the Stafford Act to individuals and households affected by a major disaster, eligibility requirements, application procedures, relevant local conditions, and modifications of previous policies or procedures.
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