Residents in San Benito County affected by the severe storms and flooding that started on February 21 can apply for temporary rental assistance from FEMA. The first two months of rental assistance is provided without having to provide rental receipts. Extensions on rental assistance may be granted for three-month periods at a time, up to a maximum of 18 months from the date of the FEMA disaster declaration. Assistance includes money for a security deposit and essential utilities, such as electricity and water. To apply, call FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362.