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DHS/FEMA RIN: 1660-AB07 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Individual Assistance Program Equity 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will publish an interim final rule (IFR) amending its regulations governing the Individual Assistance program to increase equity by simplifying processes, removing barriers to entry, and increasing eligibility for certain types of assistance under the program. Specifically, the IFR will: Increase eligibility for home repair assistance by amending the definitions and application of the terms safe, sanitary, and functional, allowing assistance for certain accessibility-related items, and amending its approach to evaluating insurance proceeds; allows for the re-opening of the applicant registration period when the President adds new counties to the major disaster declaration; simplifies the documentation requirements for continued temporary housing assistance; simplifies the appeals process; simplifies the process to request approval for a late registration; removes the requirement to apply for a Small Business Administration loan as a condition of eligibility for Other Needs Assistance (ONA); and establishes additional eligible assistance under ONA for serious needs, displacement, disaster-damaged computing devices and essential tools for self-employed individuals.  FEMA also makes revisions to reflect changes to statutory authority that have not yet been implemented in regulation, to include provisions for utility and security deposit payments, lease and repair of multi-family rental housing, child care assistance, maximum assistance limits, and waiver authority. 

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206.101    44 CFR 206.110 to 206.115    44 CFR 206.117 to 206.119    44 CFR 206.191   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 5155    42 U.S.C. 5174    42 U.S.C. 5189a   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/00/2023 
Additional Information: Docket ID FEMA-2023-0003
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kristina McAlister
Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist (Recovery)
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Individual Assistance Division Recovery Directorate, 500 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20472
Phone:866 826-8751