NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is quickly approaching. New Mexicans impacted by wildfires have until Aug. 4 to apply for federal assistance through the agency.

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Residents can follow up on their applications by calling the FEMA helpline. Officials are also reaching out to residents with missing information in their applications. FEMA is giving the public a head’s up that those outreach calls could come from unknown or out-of-state phone numbers.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also recently announced that FEMA has granted New Mexico’s request for Direct Temporary Housing Assistance, initiating a process that will make housing assistance available to eligible New Mexicans who have been affected by wildfire in Lincoln, Mora, and San Miguel counties. Direct Assistance may be provided for a period of up to 18 months which began May 4 of this year, the date of President Biden’s declaration of a major disaster.

Based on available data as of July 11, they estimate that 102 applicants meet the eligibility criteria for Direct Temporary Housing Assistance.