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FEMA assessing damage and lava impacts on residents

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Right now efforts are underway to help residents who lost their homes get back on their feet. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives were out assessing damage and the impact of lava on the community Monday.

They are checking which Big Island residences would qualify for federal funding like grants or rental asssistance. 

They look at six factors including trauma, rental availability, and number of homes destroyed. 

"A lot of our programs don't meet the needs of people here to say move their house or to give them another house so we have figure out those kinds of issues and how to help them until they can find a long-term solution," FEMA Regional Administrator Robert Fenton said.

FEMA officials are also reminding residents that second homes and vacation rentals don't count toward those numbers and residents shouldn't just count on federal assistance.

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