APPEALING FEMA’s Denial of Continued Rental Assistance
If FEMA has stopped giving you rental assistance, you can ask FEMA to
reconsider your its decision through an appeal letter. This appeal letter should also
request reimbursement for the months you did not receive assistance. In the appeal letter,
you should state why you need further rental assistance. If you are requesting
reimbursement for the months that you did not receive rental assistance, you also should
state what months FEMA missed and how much you paid in rent during those months.
Attached is a sample appeal letter that you can refer to as you draft your own
letter or simply fill out and send to directly to FEMA. Feel free to make changes given
your particular situation. The letter asks FEMA to reinstate your rental assistance, and
also requests that FEMA to reimburse you for the months of assistance that you missed.
Note that Section 3 of the letter has been left blank for you to include more information
about your specific situation.
When writing to FEMA, remember:
• Any letter you send to FEMA must contain your FEMA ID number;
• You should enclose copies (NOT originals) of any documents you think are
important to your appeal such as receipts, leases, or anything else related to the
reasons why you should continue to receive rental assistance;
• If you enclose copies of cancelled checks to your landlord, please be sure to copy
both sides of the check;
• If you are applying for reimbursement, FEMA will probably ask for rent receipts
for the months you did not get paid;
• Other helpful documents are leases, receipts from your landlord, cancelled rent
checks, and hotel bills.
We recommend that you fax (if possible) and ALSO mail the letter and documents to
FEMA by certified mail. Keep a copy of the appeal letter for your own records. Here is
FEMA’s mailing address:
FEMA Appeals Officer
National Processing Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055.
Fax to 1-800-827-8112, Att’