Woodside and San Mateo County Residents Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

January 30, 2023
Homeowners and renters in Woodside and San Mateo County with damage or losses due to the series of New Year's storms can apply for federal disaster assistance.
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, transportation, childcare and moving and storage expenses.  The deadline to apply is March 16, 2023.
U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo and Kevin Mullin jointly announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide disaster assistance.  
Disaster-related assistance may include:
  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable;
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items;
  • Unemployment payments for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and do not qualify for state benefits (self-employed);
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance;
  • Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; or
  • Advisory assistance for legal veterans' benefits and social security matters.
To apply, FEMA provides the following guidance for homeowners and renters:
If you have insurance, first file a claim with your insurance provider.  FEMA provides assistance to applicants for your uninsured or underinsured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs.  FEMA assistance cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance.
There are several ways that you can apply for FEMA assistance: