August 26, 2016
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Louisiana: Read Your FEMA Determination Letter Carefully
If you’re a survivor of the Louisiana severe storms and flooding and get a letter that says your application for federal assistance is “ineligible” or “incomplete,” be sure to read the letter all the way through to the end to find out why.
All applicants have the right to appeal and many times just a quick fix will change your situation.
Common reasons for receiving an ineligible determination:
- The most common reason for ineligibility is you didn’t provide FEMA with a copy of a letter verifying your insurance coverage and detailing your settlement. FEMA needs this to process your grant application.
- Other reasons for ineligibility may include:
- You did not sign the required documents.
- You did not prove occupancy or ownership.
- Your identity may not have been verified.
- The damage is not to your primary residence, but to a secondary home or a rental property.
- Another member of your household may have applied and received assistance.
- Your disaster-related losses could not be verified.
What you should do next:
- You may take copies of the documents to your closest Disaster Recovery Center where a FEMA specialist can help you.
- Find DRC locations by going online at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by downloading and using the FEMA app. You may also call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
- Or mail copies of the needed documents within 60 days of receiving your letter to the address below.
FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
- You can also fax the documents to:
Attention: FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
- It’s important to write the registration number that FEMA gave you after applying for help on all the documents. Write the federal disaster declaration number, DR-4277-LA, too.
If you have more questions:
- If you registered, you should have received a booklet called “Help after a Disaster” that details how FEMA determines what’s eligible for assistance. You can access the booklet online at www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster.
- If you have questions about your application or about filing an appeal, call the FEMA helpline at If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
- Visit a DRC to speak with a FEMA specialist who can help you appeal.
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