Applying For FEMA Aid

  • The Deadline for those who want to apply for FEMA disaster aid has been extended to March 20th, 2018
  • Applicants can register for FEMA aid and receive other services at the City of Chicago Hurricane Resource Center and Alderman Roberto Maldonado’s office.

City of Chicago Hurricane Resource Center
Humboldt Park Fieldhouse
1400 N. Sacramento Avenue

Tuesdays from 10am-4pm until May 1st, 2018

LUCHA will be present at each event, along with other non–profit organizations and service agencies, to provide assistance for potential leasing up of rental units. The resource center offers the following services as well:

  • Access to city services: Initial casework to assess needs of clients and provision of services
  • Health: Access to medical information and services
  • Persons with disabilities: Access to services for persons with disabilities
  • Clothing and further assistance: Access to clothing and further services
  • Housing: Assistance with access to housing and support into current programs
  • Schools: Access to school placement

Alderman Roberto Maldonado’s Office
2511 W. Division Ave.

Additional Hurricane Maria Evacuee Services are available at:
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2546 W. Division Ave.

Applying For Housing At LUCHA
Hurricane Maria evacuees who are registered with FEMA are being given priority in filling vacancies at LUCHA apartments. Applicants will need to meet income guidelines for federal housing programs. There will also be a background and credit check for all applicants. Evacuees who would like to apply for an apartment, or who would like more information, should come to the LUCHA main office at 3541 W North Avenue Monday -Friday between 9:00am -5:00pm or contact Simone at 773-276-5338 x221.

Adding Hurricane Maria Evacuees To LUCHA Leases
LUCHA tenants who would like to have evacuees move in with them will need to add the new occupants to their existing leases.  Federal household size and income limits will still apply. LUCHA tenants who want to add evacuees to their leases should come into the LUCHA main office or contact Simone at 773-276-5338 x221.

LUCHA Housing and Financial Counseling
Hurricane evacuees can receive housing and financial counseling regarding matters both here and in Puerto Rico through LUCHA’s Housing Counseling and Advocacy Department. Interested evacuees should contact Simone at 773-276-5338 x221.


FEMA funds are available to cover:

  • Temporary hotel expenses
  • Moving expenses, unemployment insurance, childcare
  • Repairing or replacing common furniture and appliance
  • Healthcare, dental, and funeral expenses for injuries or death sustained in the disaster
  • Expenses for rent, house repair or home rebuilding
  • Crisis counseling and legal services

The following information is required to apply for FEMA aid:

  • Social Security Number
  • Address of the damaged house or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Contacting FEMA
Phone: 800-621-3362
TTY: 800-462-7585