FEMA allows houses of worship to receive hurricane relief funding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has changed its Public Assistance Policy and Program Guide to add as eligible "activities of community centers or houses of worship open to the general public, without regard to their secular or religious nature," effect for any major disaster declared on or after Aug. 23, 2017. Thanks for your prayers and advocacy for this policy change! Parishes should consult with the diocesan recovery coordinators before seeking assistance.