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Kennedy requests FEMA extend Critical Needs Assistance program deadline

“Without a deadline extension, residents will not be able to apply for and receive vital aid related to urgent needs as a result of Hurricane Ida . . . I remain ready to work together to ensure Louisiana residents are getting the aid they need.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today asked Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deanne Bennett Criswell to extend the September 12th deadline of the Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) program in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

Hurricane Ida left many Louisianians without the means to apply for aid. The hurricane caused more than 1 million people to lose power, and electricity still has not been restored in many homes.

“Without a deadline extension, residents will not be able to apply for and receive vital aid related to urgent needs as a result of Hurricane Ida—this includes financial assistance for food, water, medicines and temporary housing,” Kennedy wrote.

CNA offers financial assistance to individuals displaced from their homes and have immediate need for critical supplies such as food, water, medicine, fuel and other essentials. The program issues a one-time $500 payment per eligible household.

“I thank FEMA for their continued relief efforts, and I remain ready to work together to ensure Louisiana residents are getting the aid they need,” Kennedy concluded.

Text of the letter is available here.