New Jersey residents now have more time to apply for FEMA assistance

TRENTON, NJ — The deadline for New Jersey homeowners and renters to apply for FEMA individual assistance for damage and losses from the remnants of Hurricane Ida has been extended to Dec. 6.

The extension provides more time for residents living in counties designated for individual assistance, including Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Apply for disaster assistance with FEMA online at, by using the FEMA app or calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362, or 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The toll-free telephone lines are currently operating from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Residents who use a relay service, such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, should give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available.

The Small Business Administration helps businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. To apply for a low-interest disaster loan, complete an online application at To reach an SBA customer service representative directly, call 800-659-2955, or 800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. For more information, visit