The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Hurricane Sandy survivors may be able to use temporary rental assistance funds to help pay for a security deposit.

According to FEMA release, survivors may use up to one month of FEMA rent money to cover required security deposits. Those who need more help with rent can show a security deposit receipt to support a request for additional assistance. Survivors must also show a continuing need. This money may not be used to pay for telephone or television service or utilities.

Survivors can register online anytime day or night at, or with a smartphone or other Web-enabled device at Survivors can also register, check status of applications or receive other assistance at the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern, seven days a week, until further notice. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available during the same hours at the close of the English message.

Registering for disaster assistance with other agencies or organizations does not register survivors for FEMA disaster assistance. Having FEMA flood insurance does not register policyholders for disaster assistance, nor does it disqualify anyone from applying for assistance. Flood insurance claims are handled separately.

For more information, contact FEMA’s toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362.