Federal Funding Available
For Eligible Flood-related Damages
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid in the form of individual assistance has been made available for a number of Illinois counties, including Cook County, due to the severe storms and flooding that occurred on April 18, 2013. Skokie residents (homeowners and renters) and business owners who sustained losses from these storms may be eligible for disaster aid.
The level of assistance will be assessed and determined by FEMA and covers basic needs only. Assistance will not normally compensate for the entire loss. One of the frequently asked questions is what specific items are covered by FEMA’s “housing needs” assistance. FEMA will make the determination, but housing assistance from FEMA generally repairs structural components of the home, security aspects such as windows and doors and essential utility components including electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and gas systems subject to assessment by FEMA. If you have insurance, FEMA assistance may help cover needs not covered by your homeowner’s policy. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other assistance may come in the form of loans.
The Village of Skokie Board of Trustees will review the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Budget at several upcoming budget hearings. The budget continues the Village’s 22-year property tax freeze while maintaining services, emphasizing public safety and continuing the Village’s tradition of careful financial management.