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FEMA Releases Guidance on Reimbursement for Childcare and Shared Transportation Services 

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On Dec. 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released guidance related to reimbursement for both childcare and shared transportation services 

The guidance confirms that FEMA will reimburse eligible expenses incurred from  Jan. 20to Sept. 14, 2020.  

Childcare Services: FEMA may reimburse for emergency childcare services when necessary to meet immediate threats to life, public health, and safety in response to COVID-19. Per the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, the eligibility of licensed childcare services, which includes daycare for children and before- and after-school care, is generally limited to what’s necessary to support sheltered populations. 

Shared Transportation Services: FEMA may reimburse for emergency shared transportation services provided to health care workers traveling to and from medical facilities to perform eligible COVID-19 medical care. This limited allowance is specific to health care workers who worked directly with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infected individuals and required transportation services to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding public transportation.  

CHA is working with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and FEMA Region 9 to provide additional details on the new guidance.