Proposed Bill Would Extend FEMA Aid to Condos, Co-ops, & HOAs Federal Disaster Assistance Fairness Act Now in Committee

Logo FEMA with United State of America flag, Federal Emergency Management Agency Government Management

A current bill working its way through Congress would correct a gap in the way the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) delivers recovery assistance in the wake of natural disasters. Sponsored by Reps. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) the bipartisan H.R. 3777, also called the Disaster Assistance Fairness Act, would make housing cooperatives, condominiums, and homeowners associations eligible for the same FEMA assistance available to single-family homeowners after a catastrophic property loss.

Fixing the Gap

Under current law, eligibility for FEMA aid in the wake of a disaster can be inconsistent; shared interest communities like co-ops, condos, and HOAs often do not qualify for aid via federal disaster response and recovery programs. “This makes it difficult for many families to recover and rebuild their homes and lives,” says Rouzer, the lead Republican on the bill. 

H.R. 3777 amends two elements of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act, making the essential common elements of a community association - things like roofs, exterior walls, elevators and stairs, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical components, and utility access) eligible for aid under FEMA’s Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households Program. It also makes HOAs and cooperatives eligible for FEMA’s help in clearing and removing debris in the aftermath of a major disaster.

A Win for Multifamily Communities

Several national organizations are heralding H.R. 3777 as a win for multifamily homeowners and boards. According to Thomas M. Skiba, CEO of the Community Associations Institute, “Natural disasters, including tornadoes, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and blizzards, impact homeowners in every state.” The Disaster Assistance Fairness Act “will give homeowners…access to FEMA’s recovery resources to restore their condominium and cooperative buildings back to livable conditions.”

Fred Gibbs, president of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) also praised the proposed legislation, noting “The resident owners of housing cooperatives, condominiums, and homeowners associations deserve the same consideration from our federal government as individual homeowners when disaster strikes their homes.” 

H.R. 3777 has been referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, and is awaiting further action. 

Related Articles

State Of New York Flag Eps File -New York Flag Vector File

J-51 Tax Abatement Update Passes NYS Senate & Assembly

Bill Awaiting Gov. Hochul's Signature

The Statue of Justice - lady justice or Iustitia, Justitia the Roman goddess of Justice.

Roundup: Recent & Pending Legislation

Laws Your Board Should Know

Businessman using a tax form to complete individual income tax payment form. Tax day concept.

NYC Revenue Proposals Target Luxury Co-ops & Condos

Bills Seek More Equitable Taxation of Real Property

Management Trials  & Triumphs

Management Trials & Triumphs

The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

Sandglass and gold dollar coin on seesaw weight scale. Time, money and urgency concept. Flat design. EPS 8 vector illustration, no transparency, no gradients

Co-ops Authorized to Charge 8% Late Fee

Proprietary Lease Must Allow for Fees, Says Gov

flooding in luxurious interior. 3d creative concept

Flood Provisions Must Be Incorporated Into Leases - Including Proprietary Ones

New Law Applies to Co-ops