Listening Session on FEMA Individual Assistance Program Reforms

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
3:30-4:30 PM, Eastern Time

Register for the listening session

On January 19, 2024, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and [Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)] Administrator Deanne Criswell announced that FEMA is reforming its federal assistance policies and expanding benefits for disaster survivors to cut red tape, provide funds faster, and give people more flexibility.

With the increased frequency of extreme weather events fueled by climate change, these updates will provide survivors with faster and easier access to resources they need after disasters. FEMA developed these new forms of assistance based on direct feedback from survivors and in response to threats the nation faces due to our changing climate. They will create more equitable outcomes for all communities by increasing accessibility and eligibility for post-disaster support.

As you work to provide services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities, [the Administration for Community Living (ACL)] and the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) invite you to participate in a listening session to better understand how these reforms will impact your communities.


  • Maura Calsyn, Deputy Administrator for Programs, ACL
  • Sherman Gillums, Jr., Ed.D., FEMA Disability Coordinator; Director, ODIC, FEMA

You must register using the registration link to attend. This invitation is non-transferable. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided. For other accommodations, please email