Relief grants will be considered for property damage sustained to a "primary residence" due to a major natural disaster such as but not limited to a hurricane, flood, tornado, wildfire or earthquake; and also for property damage as the result of an isolated house fire (applicant must include a copy of the official fire report).
All relief grants considered are based on two categories:
- Primary residence destroyed (never able to return) or
- Primary residence is significantly damaged (left temporarily, uninhabitable for extended period of time, but there is an expectation being able to return at some point, anticipated 90 days or longer)
- Applicant must provide documentation that they are (1) current employee of the United States Postal Service or (2) retired USPS employee, at the time of the disaster.
- Only one request for relief will be considered per family residing in the same principal place of residence, regardless of the number of eligible persons residing in a household. Applicants and qualifying spouses/partners are limited to receive two grants per lifetime.
- For verification of eligibility all “homeowner” applicants must submit copies of a first responder’s, city/government official's or insurance adjuster's report that substantiates the degree of damages and the extent of displacement from primary residence. The document must list the applicant or spouse/partner’s name and address as declaration of ownership.
All “renter” applicants must submit copies of a first responder’s, city/government official’s or insurance adjuster’s report, or provide a written letter from the landlord that substantiates the degree of damages and extent of displacement from primary residence. The document or copy of the lease agreement must list the applicant or spouse/partner’s name and address as declaration of occupancy.
Applicants do NOT have to wait for emergency relief or insurance claims to be settled for documents to be considered proper in order to apply.
- All applicants must have their application signed by their union officer or management official prior to submission to PERF as confirmation.
- Applications for grants from PERF must be received no later than 120 days from the date that the natural disaster occurred, unless the applicant can provide sufficient reason(s) why they were unable to complete and submit their application prior to this deadline. Requests for exceptions will be ruled on by the PERF Executive Committee on a case-by-case basis.