REGION 1 – The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received a $1,585,092 grant from FEMA for the cost of sheltering the City of Portland’s high-risk population in non-congregate locations during the state’s emergency response to coronavirus last year.
Non-congregate emergency sheltering—such as in motels and hotels—is a housing solution widely used during the pandemic to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among high-risk populations. It keeps individuals, or families, separated from other individuals, or other families. This promotes physical distancing and allows those who test positive to quarantine.
The five sites funded under this grant were in the City of South Portland: Budget Inn, Comfort Inn Airport, Days Inn by Wyndham Airport/Maine Mall, Howard Johnson by Wyndham South Portland, and Quality Inn & Suites. One site was in Portland: Motel 6.
This grant to the Maine DHHS is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Program, which reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a major disaster. Eligible applicants include states, commonwealths, localities, certain types of private non-profit organizations, federally recognized Tribes and territories.
FEMA is providing a 100% federal cost share of eligible expenses for this PA project, which covers from July 1 to Oct. 31, 2020.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA and the State of Maine have provided much-needed resources for everyone—especially to the most vulnerable,” said Acting Region 1 Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England. “Our agency is thankful the state took these essential actions to save lives.”
As of June 2, FEMA’s PA Program obligated more than $42.1 million in 283 projects related to the coronavirus pandemic in Maine.
Additional information about the program is at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters