Vermont's $2.4 Million Disaster Grant Approved By FEMA
On February 21, 2012 Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that Vermont will receive a $2.4 million grant from FEMA for recovery services for survivors of Tropical Storm Irene. The funds will assist with unmet needs, including housing, social services and more.
The grant will be managed by the Vermont Agency of Human Services, which will contract with three Community Action agencies to hire 11 case managers through August of 2013. Those case managers will work with the same clients from start to finish, identifying the assistance already received, prioritize what disaster related needs remain, and locating the resources available. Case managers will follow up with individuals to ensure all needs are met. The case managers will be working in partnership with 11 Long Term Recovery Committees around Vermont.
The grant was preceded by the activation of the Direct Federal Case Management Program from October 17th thru November 28th. Under an agreement with FEMA, the Administration for Children and Families provided disaster case management services by activating and deploying a basic team from Catholic Charities USA. This team provided initial case management services during the immediate aftermath.
Photo by FEMA/Angela Drexel