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FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program

To address the magnitude of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and scale the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program and ensure that local officials quickly receive eligible funding, FEMA is simplifying the PA application and funding process for the nationwide emergency declaration declared on March 13, 2020, and any subsequent major disaster declarations for the incident.

As FEMA and the States continue to work through major questions about funding eligibility, deadlines, and duplications of benefits, FEMA is in a position to start awarding funding and is working with States to enable jurisdictions and other eligible entities to apply directly for assistance. FEMA’s Recovery Directorate’s goals are to: enable the rapid delivery of assistance and to keep funding processes simple and straight forward.

To address those goals FEMA developed a revised approach to eligibility decision making, customer service, project processing that is specific to the issues presented by COVID-19 pandemic. To that regard, FEMA has issued the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application Fact Sheet and talking points. In summary, at this point, FEMA is emphasizing the following:
1. FEMA is making adjustments to simplify the application process with respect to the existing Public Assistance Program requirements.
2. Jurisdictions should be prepared to drive their own recovery through direct application for Public Assistance funding.

For more details:
COVID-19 RPA Deadline Updated (March 21, 2020)
COVID-19 Public Assistance Simplified Application Fact Sheet
Talking Points PA Application Simplification for COVID-19
PA Application Simplification for COVID-19 Memo (March 22, 2020)

For questions or additional information please contact Hazel Joanes at (650) 587-7300 x108 or via email at hjoanes@rgs.ca.gov.

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