Shelter Assistance for Local Puerto Rico Survivors

Survivors who were displaced from their homes by hurricanes Irma and Maria that self-evacuated to the United States and applied for FEMA assistance may be eligible under FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program.

The TSA program allows eligible disaster survivors to shelter in a hotel or motel, for a limited period of time, as a bridge to intermediate and longer-term temporary housing.  Eligible survivors within the continental United States can now check into hotels participating in the TSA program. To verify eligibility, survivors can visit disasterassistance.gov or contact the FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362).

Eligible survivors can find the list of TSA-approved hotels on www.disasterassistance.gov by clicking on the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program – Participating Hotel List link.  Those without access to internet can call the FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362) for assistance with locating an eligible hotel or motel.

FEMA makes payments directly to participating hotels and motels for room rental and taxes up to the General Services Administration lodging rate. Survivors are responsible for all other costs such as room service, laundry, parking, telephone or other services.

TSA is only one of a wide range of housing options in use to meet the demand for safe housing for residents of Puerto Rico displaced by hurricanes Irma and Maria.