Nadler Lauds FEMA Decision to Extend MRA Deadline

Jan 29, 2003 Issues: 9/11 Attacks

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today hailed a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend, by 60 days, the registration deadline for its Mortage and Rental Assistance (MRA) program. Rep. Nadler wrote to FEMA on January 29, urging them to do so.

"The MRA program has been one of the most effective post-disaster relief programs for economically impacted individuals and households," said Rep. Nadler. "Given the current economic climate in the city, it is imperative that all individuals facing eviction and/or foreclosure as a result of the disaster benefit from this program. I am pleased that FEMA heeded my call and extended the deadline."

"This decision will allow people who received inaccurate information about MRA, and were turned away, time to reapply," he added.

Specifically, FEMA decided to enact a clause in the regulation (Section 206.112 (c)), which states:

After the standard or extended registration period ends, FEMA will accept late registrations for an additional 60 days. We will process late registrations for those registrants who provide suitable documentation to support and justify the reason for the delay in their registration.

Additionally, Rep. Nadler will be meeting with FEMA officials next week to discuss FEMA programs and aid to New York City.

Rep. Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents the 8th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.