Transitional Sheltering Assistance
FEMA opened TSA (Transitional Sheltering Assistance) program on 8/18/16. FEMA may provide TSA to
eligible disaster survivors who have a continuing need for shelter after the congregate shelters have
closed because they are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. This initiative is
intended to provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose communities are either
uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damages.
Under TSA, disaster survivors may be eligible to stay in hotel or motel lodging for a limited period of time
and have the cost of the room and taxes covered by FEMA. However, FEMA does not cover the cost of
incidental room charges or amenities, such as telephone, room service, food, etc. For those who are
eligible, FEMA will authorize and fund, through direct payments to participating hotels/motels, the use of
hotels/motels as transitional shelters.
The initial period of assistance will be 5-14 days from date of TSA implementation. FEMA, in conjunction
with the State, may extend this period of assistance, if needed.
Individuals And Households May Be Eligible For TSA, If:
• They register with FEMA for assistance
• They pass identify verification
• Their pre-disaster primary residence is located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA and
occupancy is verified
• As a result of the disaster, they are displaced from their pre-disaster residence and they are
currently not living in their primary residence.
Eligible individuals have the ability to locate a participating hotel/motel online by visiting www.femaevachotels.com.
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