County Residents Denied FEMA Assistance


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Aug. 1, 2006

County Residents Denied FEMA Assistance

Individual assistance for several Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County and the hard hit area of the Huntington community, has been denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If it had been approved, the Individual Assistance Program would have made funding available for homeowners and renters in the form of grants, low-interest loans, unemployment assistance and disaster housing assistance to assist property owners affected by severe weather and flooding in late June and early July.

“The federal government’s lack of responsiveness to individuals affected by weather events continues,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “It happened last year in New Orleans and now in the Huntington community of Fairfax County. I can’t imagine what type of event will have to occur before FEMA understands the devastation caused and begins to provide the needed assistance to the people affected.”

“I’m outraged at FEMA’s decision,” added Gerry Hyland, Supervisor of the Mount Vernon District, which includes the Huntington community. “FEMA is ignoring the needs of residents in the Huntington Community.

“The county stepped to the plate and has provided every service possible, but now we need the resources of the federal government to help our neighbors on the road to recovery. How can they reconcile the fact that they have approved Fairfax County for assistance but not those who need it most? Regrettably, the residents of the Huntington community will now have to contact their senators and congressmen to try to overturn this decision.”

Virginia previously received approval of Public Assistance for government infrastructure and certain private nonprofits for the counties of Alleghany, Arlington, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Dickenson, Fairfax, Floyd, Henry, Highland, King George and Rockbridge and also in the City of Alexandria.

 

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