Individual and Households Program
Disaster Assistance Grants
Federal Assistance to Individual and Households Program (IHP)
The IHP is a federal/state program administered by FEMA and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The program is available to all people who qualify regardless of race, sex, religion, color, or national origin.
If your property has been lost or damaged because of a major disaster, you may be able to get a grant. The grants are made up of federal and state tax dollars and do not have to be repaid. If you qualify, you will not get the money immediately, but a check will be sent to you as quickly as possible.
The Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households Program (IHP) has two provisions of assistance:
Who is Eligible
Any head of a household in the declared area may apply for a grant. Both homeowners and renters may apply. Household members not classified as dependents by the Internal Revenue Service must apply separately. People visiting or passing through the area who had damages when the disaster occurred may be eligible.
What is Covered
The grant covers only disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs, such as
transportation, personal property, and medical, dental, and funeral expenses.
What Is Not Covered
The grant does not cover:
How to Apply
Apply for assistance by calling the toll-free number provided by FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Applications are accepted for 60 days after the date of the presidential declaration, although a 30-day extension may be granted in unusual circumstances.
What Will Happen Next
A few days after applying for a grant, a federal damage inspector will visit your home to assess the damage. Be prepared to provide;
If you do not have the required information when the inspector comes, you will be able to mail it later. Your application and damage inspection report will be reviewed for grant eligibility. You will be notified in writing of the grant decision and your right to appeal. If your mailing address changes, notify us by calling the toll-free number or writing to the address provided by the news media in your area.
County disaster payment statistics on:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Health and Human Services Commission