FEMA Activates its Emergency Lodging Assistance Program: Call for Hotel Participation in Affected Areas
FEMA activated its "Emergency Lodging Assistance (ELA) Program" to provide temporary lodging assistance to disaster evacuees. FEMA also refers to this program as the "Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA)" program when communicating with evacuees seeking aid.
Hotels are encouraged to participate in the lodging assistance program. Hotels can seek direct payment for the rooms from FEMA's agent, Corporate Lodging Consultants (CLC). Click here for a list of the current participating hotels.
Lodging rates for the ELA program are established and governed by FEMA and in most cases are based on the federal per diem rate, plus applicable hotel occupancy taxes. FEMA indicated it will pay hotel occupancy taxes for guests participating in the emergency lodging assistance program; state and local taxes are still applicable according to Georgia law.
How a Hotel Can Participate:
If a hotel has not registered yet for this emergency lodging assistance program, the hotel should follow the below steps or view CLC's online guide here.
Individual evacuees displaced by the disaster should contact FEMA directly to register for housing assistance.