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FEMA Extends Housing Deadline for Evacuees

Hurricane evacuees are getting a bit of a break getting back on their feet. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending the deadline for finding a place to live. Now FEMA's trying to get the word out.

The deadline to start the application process for housing was Thursday, but now the deadline is extended to December15 and it may be even longer for people in Georgia.

FEMA has actually been going from hotel to hotel throughout Georgia to let evacuees know about the extension. What this means is they have even longer to start getting their paperwork filed when it comes to finding housing other than a hotel or temporary rental property.

And that's not all, Georgia is one of ten states that is eligible to extend the deadline until January 7 if the state applies for the extension.

Right now, the Savannah Red Cross says it's hard to say how many families are still taking advantage of this in our area.

"We do have fairly frequent contact with some families, not with others at the outset of questioning some folks about their intentions, unfortunately," said the Red Cross' John Wright. "We have been told 70 percent were going to stay here over the last few months."

If and when the State of Georgia applies for this, deadline we will let everyone know.

FEMA urges all evacuees to call the FEMA Helpline (800.621.FEMA or TTY 800.462.7585) for more.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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