Hurricane Ida Public Assistance

(The information on this page will be updated and/or changed regularly so please check back for updates.)


The deadline is approaching for New Jersey homeowners and renters who had property damage or loss caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida from Sept. 1-3, 2021, to apply for federal disaster assistance. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

If you live in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union or Warren counties, you can register for disaster assistance, update your contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision by:

Going online at;

Downloading the FEMA app; or

Calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines are currently operating 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.  Multilingual operators are available.

You should have the following information available when you are ready to register:

Address of the damaged primary dwelling where damage occurred

Current mailing address, telephone number and Social Security number

Your insurance information

Total household annual income

Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit; and

A description of disaster damage and losses.


FEMA Representatives will be will be in the Borough to provides assistance for our residents on Thursday, September 16 from 9am-5pm at the Fort Lee Recreation Center (1500 8th Street). FEMA will assist residents registering their claims. A residents can also check on the status of existing claims if a resident already filed one online. FEMA will also provide details on what services are available to our residents, i.e. temporary housing, low cost loans, home repairs, uninsured property assistance, SBA assistance, and numerous other recovery programs. A photo identification will be required.

the bergen county & passaic county disaster recovery centers are now open

Constituents may speak directly with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.  Staff is available to answer questions, explain disaster assistance programs and provide literature.

Bergen County Disaster Recovery Center
Ciarco Learning Center
355 Main St.
Hackensack, NJ 07652
Monday through Saturday, 7am-7pm (Closed Sundays)

Passaic County Disaster Recovery Center
Civic Center
19 Warren Street
Little Falls, NJ 07424
Monday through Friday, 7am- 7pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet - Individual Assistance - September 2021 (PDF)
Fact Sheet - Public Assistance - September 2021 (PDF)
Fact Sheet - Sequence of Delivery - September 2021 (PDF)

FEMA onsite resources

County Administration and OEM have been helping to coordinate FEMA personnel on-site in Bergen County municipalities affected by Hurricane Ida. FEMA can provide information and assist residents with Ida-related assistance such as grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other recovery programs.


Residents and businesses can always apply for disaster relief by visiting or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.


Below are the current locations that FEMA are being deployed to. Individuals can visit any of the below locations.



Wallington Little League

255 Mount Pleasant Ave


Rochelle Park

Municipal Complex

151 West Passaic Street


New Milford

Borough Hall

930 River Road



Lyndhurst Little League


255 Riverside Ave


Hasbrouck Heights

Borough Hall

320 Boulevard (Boulevard/Central Ave parking lot)



Veterans Memorial Field

Intersection of W. Demarest Ave/N. Van Brunt St.



Memorial Field

Intersection of Darwin/Monona Ave


Little Ferry

Borough Hall

215-217 Liberty Street


The following grants are currently accepting applications:

1. Individual Assistance: Federal aid to individuals and households, which includes all the services A-F. 

A.    Mass Care and Emergency Assistance (MC/EA): Mass Care is composed of seven services known as activities: sheltering; feeding; distribution of emergency supplies; support for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs; reunification services for adults and children; support for household pets, service, and assistance animals; and mass evacuee support. In addition to the seven aforementioned activities, MC/EA also supports the National Mass Care Exercise (NMCE) training program and offers partnerships through the following programs: Blue Roof Program and Transitional Sheltering Assistance(TSA).

B.    Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP): CCP provides eligible STTLs governments, and non-governmental organizations with supplemental funding to assist disaster-impacted individuals and communities in recovering from the major disasters through the provision of community-based outreach and psycho-educational services. The goal is to aid survivors in recovering from the adverse reactions to disasters and to begin to rebuild their lives.

C.    Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA): DUA provides unemployment benefits and re-employment assistance services to eligible survivors affected by a Presidentially-declared major disaster. These services are under the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the state, territorial, tribal, and local government emergency management officials of the affected area(s). DUA is only available to those eligible survivors who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance (UI).

D.    Disaster Legal Services (DLS): DLS provides legal aid to survivors affected by a Presidentially-declared major disaster through an agreement with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the American Bar Association. DLS is put into effect during Presidentially-declared disasters and is available to survivors who qualify as low-income.

E.    Disaster Case Management (DCM): DCM is a time-limited process that promotes partnership between a case manager and a disaster survivor in order to assess and address a survivor’s verified disaster-caused unmet needs through a disaster recovery plan. This disaster recovery plan includes resources, decision-making priorities, providing guidance and tools to assist disaster survivors.

F.    Individuals and Households Program (IHP): IHP Assistance provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. IHP Assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster; it is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts. IHP Assistance is not considered income or a resource when determining eligibility for welfare, income assistance, or income-tested benefit programs that the federal government funds, such as Social Security benefits or disability income. IHP Assistance is also exempt from garnishment or seizure, but this exception does not apply to FEMA recovering assistance received in error or fraud.

* Individuals in Bergen and Passaic county can apply with FEMA the following ways:
- Apply online at
- Constituents may call the application phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). 

2. Public Assistance: Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments (including Alaska Native villages and organizations so long as they are not privately owned), U.S. territories, local governments, and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations.   

 3. Hazard Mitigation: Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards