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H.R. 5298 — The Disaster Assistance Equity Act

Community Associations Institute is pleased to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation that expands access to FEMA disaster assistance to community associations. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sponsored the bill with Representative David Rouzer (R-NC) co-sponsoring. Additional co-sponsors of this legislation include John Garamendi (D-CA), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Paul Ruiz (D-CA), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Grace Meng (D-NY).

About the Disaster Assistance Equity Act
The Disaster Assistance Equity Act will correct current inequities in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster response system. Under the current law, community associations affected by a presidentially declared natural disaster—blizzard, drought, earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, or tornado—are NOT given the same FEMA financial recovery support for debris removal and other efforts as their neighbors.

  • Condominiums & Housing Cooperatives:  If this bill passes, individual owners in condominiums and housing cooperatives will be reimbursed for their fair share of repair or replacement of critical major common area elements like boiler rooms, elevators, roofs, etc.
  • Homeowners Associations:  If this bill passes, homeowners associations with privately-owned roads will be able to rely upon the locality (city, county, town, etc.) to remove debris from the private roads resulting in huge savings for association residents.   

Residents and taxpayers just like you, living in community associations pay the same federal taxes as residents living in non-deed restricted neighborhoods. The current system is flawed and unfair, but this legislation recognizes and improves these inequities for the 74 million people living in community associations. Click here to read the full bill text.

Together, we can conserve resources and save community association residents millions of dollars in disaster recovery efforts.  


Dawn M. Bauman, CAE
SVP, Government Affairs
Community Associations Institute (CAI) (703) 970-9224

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