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Rent And Housing Assistance Available For Fire And Pandemic Victims

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Geoffrey Riley
JPR News
The remains of a home can be a toxic stew of substances.

Winter is coming to the region, while people burned out of their homes by September fires continue to rebuild their lives, some of which were already disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access, Inc. in Jackson County still has rental assistance funding to distribute to families hurt by the pandemic. And FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also offers programs to help renters get back on their feet and sheltered, including the placement of the famed "FEMA trailers" for some families.

Melanie Doshier from Access visits, along with Dolph Diemont and David Yost from FEMA. Melanie points out that many families have been affected by both pandemic and fire; Dolph reminds us that the deadline to apply for disaster relief funds from FEMA closes on November 16th.

Contacts: FEMA at 800-621-3362 or at disasterassistance.gov or in person at Central Medford High School or old Glide Middle School.
Access can be contacted at covid@accesshelps.org or 541-779-6691 or via accesshelps.org.

Context: FEMA says the number of people who have registered with FEMA in Jackson County is 4, 424, and FEMA has approved $17.7 million in assistance for those affected in Jackson County.

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