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November 14, 2012                             FINAL REVISED VERSION

RE: FEMA Announces Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Availability Inform your Residents and Hotel/Motel Operators

Dear Mayor:

This is a revised version of a letter sent on November 6, 2012.  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New Jersey, has activated its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible evacuees from Hurricane Sandy, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in hotels or motels until more suitable housing accommodations are available.

Here are the TSA Program Eligibility requirements:

  • The individual or household registers with FEMA for assistance; AND
  • The individual or household passes identity verification; AND
  • The individual or household's pre-disaster primary residence is located in a geographic area that is designated for Transitional Sheltering (areas approved for TSA NJ attached) and occupancy is verified; AND
  • As a result of the disaster, the individual or household is displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence and are currently staying in a shelter 

A power outage resulting in displacement from the primary residence is a valid reason for eligibility provided all of the above requirements are met. There are no special requirements such as age, etc.

Displaced residents and those without power can register for FEMA assistance online at or via smart phone at Applicants may also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

In addition to residents in need of shelter, you can also urge local hotels and motels to participate in the program. Hotel and motel owners interested in becoming a participating TSA location, you register at

Disaster survivors who have already registered for assistance with FEMA have been directed to contact a participating hotel or motel to check in. Lodging expenses for eligible disaster survivors are paid for by FEMA directly to the lodging provider, with any incidental costs (for example – phone charges, room service, parking, etc.) the responsibility of the survivor.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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