Disaster Relief Grants
The deadline for submitting claims from Hurricane Sandy was Friday May 31, 2013.
As part of the Union Plus assistance programs designed to assist union members, the Disaster Relief Grant is able to help those who are facing financial hardship due to a natural disaster. The money does not have to be repaid.
To be considered for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant, the union member must:
- Have a Union Plus Credit Card, Union Plus Mortgage or Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance policy for at least 12 months with the account or policy in good standing (be up-to-date on payments).
- Have experienced a significant income or property loss within the past 6 months, as a result of a FEMA declared natural disaster or emergency in counties designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance.
- Verify the property or income loss by supplying acceptable documentation * relative to his/her individual circumstances.
*In some cases documentation requirements may be waived.
To apply for Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants:
- Union Plus Credit Cardholders should call 1-800-622-2580 to speak directly with a specially trained representative. Representatives in the United States handle all customer service calls to the Union Plus Credit Card Program.
- Union Plus Mortgage and Union Plus Accident Insurance holders should call 1-800-472-2005 to speak to a Union SAFE specialist.
How grants have helped members
In an effort unmatched by any other credit card in the nation, the Union Plus Credit Card Disaster Relief Fund provided $375,000 to 750 members impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and $400,000 to some 800 union cardholders impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Roderick Tart of New Orleans and IBEW Local 103 called his $500 check from the Union Plus Credit Card Disaster Relief Fund “a true blessing, one of the best our family has received.
For Tart and his family, Hurricane Katrina made an already tough situation even more harrowing. He was laid off from his job as an electrician just a few weeks before the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast. Then the disaster ripped away his New Orleans home, his car, and his family's prized possessions, some of which had been handed down from previous generations. "At the time we received the grant, we were out of funds," he says.
The Tarts relocated to Atlanta, where they are optimistic abou the future.
Other assistance for union cardholders included payment waivers, lower rates, emergency credit line increases, fee waivers and free credit counseling.
Additional assistance programs available
Disaster victims who participate in the Union Plus Auto Insurance and Mortgage programs may be eligible to receive payment extensions or other special help from the program providers. Assistance plans vary by program provider. To find out more, disaster victims who participate in any of the following Union Plus programs should call these toll-free numbers:
- Union Plus Credit Card - 1 -800-622-2580
- Union Plus Mortgage - 1-800-848-6466
- Union Plus Auto Insurance - 1-877-244-0304
- Union Plus Insurance - 1-800-393-0864
- Union Plus Credit Counseling - 1-877-833-1745
- Union Plus Legal Service - 1-888-993-8886 (9 am -7 pm ET, M-F)