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This report provides additional detail on our analysis of all disaster survivors who applied for assistance from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program in 2016, 2017, and 2018. It accompanies GAO-20-503.

For example, we examined assistance approval rates for the least and most vulnerable people, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Social Vulnerability Index, which assesses unemployment levels, minority status, disabilities, and more. The most vulnerable were approved for assistance at lower rates in 2016 and higher rates in 2017 and 2018 compared to the least vulnerable.

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This supplement is a companion to GAO's report entitled Disaster Assistance: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (GAO-20-503). The purpose of this supplement is to present additional analysis of applicant data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program (IHP) for 2016, 2017, and 2018. The additional analysis includes, for example, the number of survivors who applied and were approved for IHP assistance, and the average and median amounts of assistance FEMA provided to eligible applicants.

For more information, contact Chris Currie at (404) 679-1875 or CurrieC@gao.gov.

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This supplement is a companion to GAO's report entitled Disaster Assistance: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (GAO-20-503). The purpose of this supplement is to present additional analysis of applicant data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program (IHP) for 2016, 2017, and 2018. The additional analysis includes, for example, the number of survivors who applied and were approved for IHP assistance, and the average and median amounts of assistance FEMA provided to eligible applicants.

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