Community Grant Rebuilding Program Deadline Feb 4

Proposals must be received by Monday, February 4, 2013 The focus of the second round of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund’s grant program is to support physical improvements to homes and buildings located in Brooklyn’s coastal communities. Funding will support the following recovery and rebuilding activities: Mold removal and remediation; Electrical, heating and systems repairs and replacement; and Structural repairs to … Continue reading

News Release: FEMA Extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program in NY for an Additional 14 Days

New York – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels. The new extension will allow applicants to remain in participating hotels until … Continue reading

Community Grants Deadline January 31st

Through our Community Grants, Citizens Committee awards grants of $500-$3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identity as important to them.  The January 31st deadline is rapidly approaching! From East Tremont in the Bronx to West Brighton on Staten Island, the groups we support are carrying out projects as varied as … Continue reading

New Disaster Homeownership Repair And Rebuilding Fund

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is providing new funding for homeowners whose property was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners who have already qualified for FEMA housing assistance grants can now also obtain up to an additional $10,000 through the Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund. This is a grant, not a loan, and it does not need … Continue reading

FEMA Press Release: Temporary Rental Assistance for Sandy Survivors

December 27, 2012DR-4085-NY-NR-117FEMA Helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362)FEMA News Desk: 571-449-1621 News Release Survivors with Ongoing Housing Needs Should Stay in Touch with FEMA New York – The Federal Emergency Management Agency understands that some Hurricane Sandy survivors may need additional temporary rental assistance to help them achieve their permanent housing goals. All applicants who received temporary rental assistance from FEMA were … Continue reading

FEMA New Release: Case Management Available for Sandy Survivors

DR-4085-NY-NR-115 FEMA Helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362) FEMA News Desk: 571-449-1621 News Release Grant Will Help Sandy Survivors with Unmet Needs NEW YORK—New York State survivors of Hurricane Sandy whose disaster-related needs cannot be met with existing federal and state assistance will now have access to case management services to identify additional resources for their recovery. The State of New York and … Continue reading

Document Recovery

One of the dire consequences of any disaster for many people is the loss of important documents. Often, such documents are needed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state emergency services in order to process assistance applications for those who suffered losses or damage to their homes and belongings. If papers are gone – like birth certificates, Social … Continue reading

Other Resources

Hurricane Sandy Resource Guide – Occuprint has compiled important information on Staying Warm, Disaster Unemployment, Emergency Snap Benefits, FEMA Disaster Relief, Cleaning Up, Employment, Shelters & Care, and Food & Supplies Recovery After Disaster: Financial Toolkit Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

Toll Waivers

New York State – Outside agencies, relief organizations and companies or volunteers responding to the relief effort for Hurricane Sandy are eligible for toll waivers. Find out more »

Financial Assistance

Relief Effort Funding Hurricane Relief Grants Occupy Sandy Relief NYC Fund Other Tzu Chi Foundation debit cards – New York City victims of Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for $600 Visa debit cards in a $10 million relief drive initiated by an international Buddhist organization – 877-889-8244. Using Retirement Funds – The IRS may allow you to use your retirement assets … Continue reading

FEMA Resources

FEMA’s Hurricane Sandy Information Center Access to Disaster Help and Resources What is FEMA Disaster Assistance? Locate a Disaster Recovery Center Jobs at FEMA Temporary Rental Assistance for Sandy Survivors Case Management Available for Sandy Survivors

Energy / Electricity

Time Warner Cable is supplying free generator power at two stations in the Rockaways: 204th St / Rockaway Point Blvd and Beach 22nd / Mott Ave. They respond quickly to tweets at @TWCable_NYC. New York State has given EmPower NY extra funding to expand its program to eligible homeowners who experienced flooding during Sandy. Empower New York provides no-cost energy … Continue reading

Clean-up

Online Resources FEMA: Removing Mold and Mildew from your Flood-Damaged Home Webinar: Hurricane Sandy: Protecting Workers and Volunteers from Mold – Presented by Jack Caravanos (40 minute presentation then online Q/A) Documents (PDF) Get Rid of Mold (English) / Elimine el Moho (Español) Kill Germs With Bleach (English) / Mate los gérmenes con cloro (Español) Handling Household Hazardous Waste Cleaning … Continue reading

Tenants and Homeowner Rights

Legal Information for Tenants and Homeowners FHA ordered a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures in disaster areas: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/05/us-storm-sandy-foreclosures-idUSBRE8A41DD20121105 and http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2012/HUDNo.12-167 Fannie and Freddie stated that impacted homeowners in disaster areas may qualify for a year of forbearance on their mortgage, or may be eligible to have their foreclosure waived for up to a year or have penalties or late fees waived: … Continue reading