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FEMA Completes Aid Denial Review

Post Date:08/20/2019 4:36 PM

Fewer survivors of the 2018 Kīlauea eruption will have to return disaster aid following a review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

FEMA and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), with support from Hawai‘i County, deployed assistance specialists from Aug. 5-9 on Hawaii Island to meet with people who received letters indicating they might have to return disaster assistance funds due to eligibility concerns.

About $170,000 worth of debt was cleared as a result of that review process, HI-EMA said in a press release. Questions regarding eligibility involved ownership documentation, pre-disaster occupancy and duplication of assistance with insurance.

HI-EMA said 69 debt letters were sent to aid applicants. Five resolved their cases prior to the specialists arriving on island. 

Of the remaining 64 letter recipients, 35 had their debt cleared entirely, for an amount totaling $153,536.81. Three saw their debt reduced, for an amount totaling $16,352.78.  

FEMA provided $11.6 million in aid through its individual assistance program for the disaster. 

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