More *New* Financial Support - Aftermath of Hurricane Fiona
Applications for New Fiona-Related Financial Support Open
The Province has launched a new website where Nova Scotians can now apply for financial assistance in the aftermath of hurricane Fiona.
Residents, business owners and non-profit organizations can find details on the types of assistance available and apply here.
Applications are now open for:
- $100 for every household that lost power for at least 48 hours to help cover the cost of spoiled food
- up to $250 for every person who has to pay for tree removal from their property
- $1,000 per household for people ordered out of their homes or who cannot return to their homes; the Canadian Red Cross administers this assistance.
As well, an additional $250 has been added to the seniors care grant to help with storm repairs. Everyone eligible applying for the grant will receive the extra funding. People who have already received the grant will also receive the additional $250 automatically.
All current income assistance households, including Disability Support Program participants receiving income assistance, will receive $150 in support automatically. These clients can also still apply for other types of support.
Applications to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program, which covers up to $200,000 in uninsurable losses per eligible household, small business and not-for-profit organization, opened Monday, September 26, and are also now available on the new website.
Nova Scotians without power can visit their municipal or MLA offices, Access Nova Scotia centres or their local library for assistance in applying online. Paper applications will be available at MLA offices soon.
People with questions about the supports can also contact a new toll-free information line: 1-888-428-2256.
- in the wake of the storm, the government has announced more than $40 million in assistance to help Nova Scotians and organizations cope with the costs of hurricane recovery
- the new toll-free number will be available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will not be available Friday, September 30, which is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
- it will also be available this weekend and October 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Disaster Financial Assistance for Hurricane Fiona Damage
Nova Scotians can apply for disaster financial assistance related to damage from hurricane Fiona starting today, September 26, 2022.
The Province’s Disaster Financial Assistance Program is designed to help Nova Scotians, municipalities, small businesses, and not-for-profit groups get back on their feet after a major storm or natural disaster. Not all disasters are covered by private insurance, and this program helps those whose losses are not insurable. Types of losses can include structural damage to homes and damage to uninsurable items like basic household goods and appliances, such as washers, dryers and furnaces.
The program covers up to $200,000 in uninsurable losses per household, small business and not-for-profit group.
“It’s a stressful time for Nova Scotians as we continue to assess and dig out from the damage caused by hurricane Fiona,” said John Lohr, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “We’ve got a ways to go before things are back to normal, but this is a step in the right direction.” More info is available at pdf 2022 Hurricane Fiona QA Disaster Financial Assistance (96 KB)
Applications are available at:
-- online: https://beta.novascotia.ca/disaster-financial-assistance-hurricane-fiona
-- Access Nova Scotia centres
-- MLA offices
-- municipal offices.
For additional information or questions regarding the DFA Program for Hurricane Fiona, please call 211.
Residents are asked to continue to assess damage, keep all receipts and take pictures and video, as well as work with their insurance companies.
The government continues to post updates on the hurricane recovery effort at: https://novascotia.ca/alerts/ .
-- disaster financial assistance does not replace private insurance and only uninsurable damage is eligible
-- people who are not sure if their insurance covers the damage should contact their insurance broker or company, or the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 1-844-227-5422
-- the disaster financial assistance application includes a form to be filled out by the applicant’s insurance company confirming that insurance was not available for losses
Canada's National Housing Strategy
Developers and Community Housing Providers, DID YOU KNOW? The Federal Government is supporting the creation of affordable housing through the National Housing Strategy.
National Housing Strategy Initiatives (including funding or financing):
• Creating a new housing supply
• Modernizing existing housing
• Providing resources for Community Housing Providers
• Promoting innovation and research
Click the link below for more information including tips on how to apply for funding or financing:
Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit
DID YOU KNOW? The Federal Government offers the Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit.
This benefit provides funding directly to people in need so they can choose their own housing and pay a portion of their housing costs.
Eligible homeowners can receive support to stay in their own homes and eligible renters have the ability to take the benefit with them if they move to another apartment in the province.
Click this link for more information: https://housing.novascotia.ca/programs/canada-nova-scotia-targeted-housing-benefit
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