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Mar. 8, 2024

Dispute with FEMA threatens $300m in funding for California budgets

State and local jurisdictions could face significant financial losses if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denies reimbursement for certain categories of emergency non-congregate shelter (NCS) costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matthew Cody

Counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP


California could lose more than $300 million if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) follows through on a policy to deny reimbursement of costs for certain categories of emergency non-congregate shelter (NCS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local officials are pushing back, arguing that FEMA is acting contrary to the agency’s guidance during the pandemic and that denying reimbursement could have significant budget impacts.


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