Report shows ZIP codes with highest, lowest percentage of FEMA housing assistance approvals

See which areas have most FEMA applications for Hurricane Harvey damage

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A newly released map details the areas with the most applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance in regards to damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other serious disaster-related expenses, according to FEMA.gov. 

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The data also included information about ZIP codes with the highest and lowest approval ratings for individual FEMA assistance for home renters and homeowners. 

ZIP codes with highest percentage of homeowners' applications approved:
77079 - Houston (Memorial area)
77659 - Sour Lake 
77096 - Houston (Meyerland)
77345 - Houston (Kingwood)
77450 - Katy, Cinco Ranch
77662 - Vidor
77024 - Piney Point Village, Hedwig Village
77078 - East Houston
77713 - Beaumont
77531 - Clute, Richwood

ZIP codes with the highest percentage of renters' applications approved:
78382 - Rockport
77094 - Katy
78336 - Aransas Pass
78362 - Ingleside
77414 - Bay City
77079 - Houston
77488 - Wharton
77642 - Port Arthur
77632 - Mauriceville
77630 - Orange

ZIP codes with the lowest percentage of homeowners' applications approved:
78413 - Corpus Christi (South)
78414 - Corpus Christi (South)
78418 - Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Mustang Island
77351 - Livingston
78412 - Corpus Christi (Bay area)
77072 - Houston 
77904 - Victoria
78404 - Corpus Christ (Central)
77083 - Houston (Mission Bend)
78411 - Corpus Christi (Bay area)

ZIP codes with the lowest percentage home renters' applications approved:
77055 - Houston, Spring Branch
78414 - Corpus Christi (South)
77040 - Northwest Houston, Jersey Village
78413 - Corpus Christi (South)
77477 - Stafford
77081 - Houston (Glutton)
77031 - Houston (Greater Fondren)
77058 - Houston, Clear Lake
77080 - Spring Branch Central
77054 - Houston

See the statistics in more detail here. 

“We don’t know all the specific reasons for approvals or denials, but the numbers show many lower-income communities were less likely to be approved for FEMA assistance than some of the higher-income communities,” said Elena Marks, Episcopal Health Foundations president and CEO. “Recovery efforts need to use this kind of data to not only best decide where assistance should go, but also what types of different help may be needed in different communities.”

According to the statistics, homeowners were approved at higher rates than renters. 

In all, Harvey dumped more than 9 trillion gallons of rain on south Texas, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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