From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham’s continues to assist those affected by the Jan. 25 tornado that struck the Fultondale and Center Point communities.
The organization’s emergency response to the tornado outbreak has transitioned to a long-term recovery phase.
After the storm hit, the Salvation Army was on the ground providing hygiene items, food, hydration, and emotional care to tornado survivors, first responders, and volunteers. The group is continuing to serve those affected by providing short-term financial assistance to qualifying households impacted by the storm.
According to communications manager Melissa Snow-Clark, the Salvation Army may help with food, home insurance deductibles, basic furniture, appliances and first month’s rental fee to relocate those who lost rental housing.
“The Salvation Army has been and will continue to be committed to the recovery efforts by addressing the on-the-ground needs of families impacted throughout the Fultondale/Center Point areas,” stated Major Charles Powell, Area Commander, The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham.
The organization has provided more information on eligibility below.
Eligibility for Assistance:
Anyone can apply as eligibility for assistance is based on the amount of damage to the client’s home or the level of effect the event had upon the client. Assistance from insurance and other organizations will be considered.
Requirements for Assistance:
The individual or family head-of-household must demonstrate that the family:
- lives in an area that was affected by the tornado.
- has needs that are directly related to the effects of the tornado.
One of The Following Documents is Required:
- Insurance damage report showing that damage was done to the home due to the tornado and how much the insurance company will cover.
- A referral from The American Red Cross listing the address and stating that the property’s damage was a result of the tornado.
- A letter from the local municipality (Fire or Police Department) or apartment leasing agent that states the household was involved in the tornado-damaged area, and there has been significant damage to their place of residence.
If you have more questions, call 205-328-4536.