ARPA Disaster Recovery Programs
Scranton Disaster Recovery – Individual Assistance:
- Intended Applicants: Scranton residents affected by the Sept. 9. 2023, flood.
- Amount of Funding Available: Total of $542,315
- Types of Awards: Beneficiary Awards
- Award Amounts Available: Up to $5,000 for eligible households
- Application Deadline: December 31, 2023; Funding is first-come, first-served.
Through the use of ARPA rules revised in December 2022 and made effective by the U.S. Treasury in September 2023, the City of Scranton created various disaster relief programs in response to the September 9, 2023, flood that impacted portions of Keyser Valley and North Scranton.
In total, more than $2.5 million in funds were approved for the use of individual assistance, temporary housing assistance, and future flood mitigation projects.
More than $542,000 is available for individual assistance in grants of up to $5,000 per eligible household.
To be eligible, applicants:
- Must be a resident of Scranton and reside within the impacted flood area. See our flood map.
- Should have registered with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) – registration closed 9/25/23
- Must provide valid government-issued photo identification for the head of household
- Must complete the Beneficiary Funds Request Form (supplied in application)
- Must provide verification of insurance (Contents, Flood, Renters, Homeowners, etc.)
- Copy of insurance policy summary, identifying coverage
- Evidence of a claim’s submission to the insurance carrier and response, if applicable, from the carrier
- If uninsured, a signed statement declaring your uninsured status on your application
Grant awards are intended to help residents recover losses related to the September 9 storm, including:
- Homeowner property repairs:
- Impact to structural integrity of the home.
- Impact to electrical systems.
- Damage to plumbing and/or septic systems.
- Burst pipes, cracked walls, or sagging roofs.
- Homeowner appliance repair/replacements
- Flood-damaged furnaces, A/C units, and other electrical kitchen appliances including stoves, refrigerators, and other electrical appliances.
- Interior and exterior debris removal
- Costs related to the removal of water and/or debris and damaged material from basements, front yards, garages, etc. and costs related to cleanup measures.
- Costs paid to contractors that performed flood restoration measures during for this event.
- Insurance deductibles
- Must provide proof of insurance, proof of claim submission, and proof of deductible payment made.
- Certain uninsured personal property losses that qualify as basic needs
- Evidence of costs expended to replace/repair furniture, computers, electronics, and home office equipment.
Ineligible costs include:
- Damages, home repairs, or personal property replacement NOT directly associated with the flooding disaster that occurred on September 9, 2023.
- Costs associated with replacing expendable household items, including food items.
- Landscaping repairs/replacement.