Baton Rouge - Upon the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended their Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program to March 11, 2017 for Louisiana survivors affected by the August floods.

“I am always inspired, but never surprised by the incredible resilience of the people of Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards. “I appreciate FEMA’s willingness to extend eligibility for this sheltering program because it means that those who need it most will continue to get much needed shelter assistance as they work toward the long process of rebuilding.”

As a result of this extension, eligible survivors will be required to check back in to a participating hotel/motel as of Friday Feb. 10, 2017. Applicants may stay in participating hotels/motels through the night of March 11, 2017 and must be checked out of their accommodation no later than March 12, 2017.

FEMA’s TSA program allows eligible survivors to stay in participating hotel/motel rooms that are billed directly to FEMA. The TSA program is a short-term housing option, and eligible survivors should be actively looking for a long-term housing solution.

The policy-mandated term of the TSA program is 180 days following the disaster declaration. The current check-out date complies with this policy. Should it be determined there is still a significant need for the program after the deadline, the state of Louisiana will need to request a waiver of the typical TSA term limit.