By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
Historically, the Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA – relied on deeds to prove that land belonged to disaster victims before it sent relief funds to individuals.
The guidelines denied aid to many African American applicants whose homes or land were inherited informally without written wills. But, as first reported by NBC News, the rules quietly have changed.
As floodwaters and the after-effects of Hurricane Ida continue to ravaged Louisiana, Mississippi, and has now wreaked havoc in the northeast, FEMA officials revealed plans to NBC to announce significant changes in how they would verify homeownership for disaster relief applications.
FEMA said its mission is to assist those who inherited property without a will.
“What we’re trying to do is make sure that we understand each individual situation is unique and that we need not have a one-size-fits-all approach,” FEMA
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