Disaster assistance available for Alaskans affected by wildfires
Alaskans in the Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai Peninsula boroughs may be eligible for disaster recovery grants for wildfire damages to their homes and other property.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced the grants in a press release Friday. Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a state disaster on Aug. 23 allowing the individual and public assistance programs to go in effect.
The programs are:
Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG)
Families or individuals who need financial assistance for damages or expenses to their primary residence, main transportation, essential property and medical, funeral or dental needs which are a result of the 2019 wildfires.
State Individual Assistance Temporary Housing
Homeowners or people renting homes that are damaged and/or unlivable can apply for temporary housing. Individuals can apply for this assistance in addition to the IFG.
Public Assistance Program
These grants are available to state, local and tribal government entities, and some private nonprofit organizations needing to restore infrastructure.
How to sign up for assistance
People can apply online or in-person at a Disaster Assistance Center starting Sept. 4. Disaster Assistance centers will be set up at the Willow United Methodist Church in Willow and the Upper Susitna Senior Center in Talkeetna.
Disaster Assistance Center locations
9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 4-18
9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 4-6
* Center closes at noon on Sept. 6
More information and online registration are available on the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website.
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