TORNADO RELIEF: Renters Can Apply for FEMA Assistance

NASHVILLE – Renters in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties whose homes and property were damaged by the tornadoes and severe storms March 3 can apply for federal disaster assistance.

FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters, including students, as well as homeowners. Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing. The initial rental grant is for a 60-day period and can be reviewed for further assistance. The deadline to register for federal aid isMay 4, 2020.

Renters may also qualify for a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for essential personal property and other disaster-related expenses. These may include:

  • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property, such as furniture, appliances, clothing, textbooks or school supplies
  • Replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment required by the self-employed
  • Primary vehicles
  • Medical and dental bills

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to help Tennessee renters repair or replace disaster-damaged personal property, including automobiles. Loan rates are as low as 1.563 percent, terms can be as long as 30 years, and survivors may be eligible for up to $40,000, depending on their losses. 

Survivors in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties can register with FEMA in the following ways:

For additional information about SBA disaster loans, the loan application process, or for help completing the SBA application, visit SBA’s secure website at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339.

For more information on Tennessee recovery, visit the disaster web page, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency website,

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