Renters displaced by the Kilauea eruption may be eligible for federal aid

Renters displaced by the Kilauea eruption may be eligible for federal aid
A local shelter houses displaced residents on Hawaii Island. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Renters along with homeowners who have been forced to relocate due to the Kilauea eruption may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, according to FEMA.

"Both renters and homeowners may qualify for federal assistance for other disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs, such as clothing, childcare, room furnishings and appliances, medical and dental costs, vehicles and moving and storage expenses," FEMA said in a news release.

Renters need to apply for assistance through FEMA at the Disaster Recovery Center in the Kea'au High School Gymnasium between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Applications may also be found online here. Residents can also call FEMA at 800-621-3362.

The U.S. Small Busniess Administratioin offers low-interest disaster loans to those affected. For more information, click here.

FEMA says loan rates are as low as 1.938 percent and terms can be as long as 30 years. Renters may be eligible for up to $40,000, depending on their losses.

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