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Most Oregonians who applied for wildfire disaster aid were denied

Detroit Mayor Jim Trett, Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont and Rep. Kurt Schrader tour fire-ravaged community on Saturday, Sept. 19.
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Detroit Mayor Jim Trett, Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont and Rep. Kurt Schrader tour fire-ravaged community on Saturday, Sept. 19.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — More than 24,000 Oregonians applied for federal disaster assistance after the catastrophic 2020 wildfires and about 57% of them were denied.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that nearly 14,000 Oregonians have been denied aid, according to data provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

Oregon’s high rates of denial are on par with previous natural disasters. FEMA denied about 60% of Puerto Rican disaster assistance applicants after Hurricane Maria.

A study by Texas Hausers, a housing nonprofit, found that FEMA denied a quarter of disaster applicants after Hurricane Harvey hit there.

Following Oregon’s wildfires, FEMA issued press releases encouraging people to appeal. They said the appeals process could be as simple as correcting a typo or providing a missing document.

Read more at: https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-hurricane-harvey-oregon-natural-disasters-fires-23a475a06a12fd1e19488e22f66d4d63

Fire Alert / News / Oregon-Northwest

The Associated Press

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    1. The socialists came for to help you fight the fire, clean the site, provide emergency services, help with flooding, cuz you pay taxes. The capitalists deny you in an insurance claim, cuz capitalist. Got it?

  1. Unfortunately, the people that were denied aid probably don’t have the where with all to put up with the red tape. Was there any attempt for FEMA to reach out to the people that were “missing a document or had a typo?” Most of these folks were not at the top of the economic ladder. This is how we keep the poor poor.

    1. Let’s see what Biden can do, picking up the pieces of a politically-driven federal agency. Looks like his administration has to now go through about 13K applications that were denied. And these are only for the Oregon wildfires. He’s only been in this position for less than a month and he is having trouble getting through an obstructionist Senate to appoint all of his administrative staff. He’ll get there – later than some people wish – but he’ll get there.

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