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

Community Mold Awareness Trainings

Free Trainings will be held throughout the city, see list below for the location nearest you. Understand the need for and when to use personal protective equipment and Recognize hazards (chemical, biological, physical, safety). Understand the proper sequence and safe methods of mucking out a water damaged unit and sanitization methods; demolition; and cleaning a water-damaged unit. How to do … 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

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The USDA has approved New York State’s proposal on a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) initiative in New York City’s most devastated areas (please see the below and attached for specific information). The initiative has a limited duration of seven days and HRA will begin the application process on December 12, 2012. Application Transportation Information Eligible Zip Codes (Living … Continue reading

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Shouldering the Costs: Who Pays in the Aftermath of Sandy? StrikeDebt Report

This report is a preliminary and living document highlighting the economic effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York City. It examines how the use of loans as the main form of “aid” to disaster-impacted communities is not effective at addressing individual or community needs. Further, the use of loans may lead to disastrous longer-term economic consequences for the impacted communities. Continue reading

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RESOURCE: CONEY ISLAND: An Activist Approach to Hurricane Help

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Northeast, and more than a week after power returned to Lower Manhattan, many public housing residents in Brooklyn’s Coney Island were still without electricity, heat and hot water. Critically for some, many high-rise buildings still lacked elevator service, leaving the elderly and disabled stranded as many as 15 stories up. Though FEMA, the Red Cross and the city government all eventually set up shop on the ground in the low-income neighborhood, the work of reaching those trapped inside was left to passionate community activists, including church leaders, tenant organizations, a group known as Occupy Sandy, and a small related group called People’s Relief. Continue reading

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Coney Island conditions remain dire

Countless residents have been living in appalling conditions – stranded in high rise projects without lights, heat or clean water. Many are elderly or infirm and are stranded because they cannot navigate the pitch-black stairwells of their darkened buildings. They feel completely forgotten. There’s been barely any coverage of Coney Island in the mainstream media, so PLEASE distribute these pictures as widely as possible. Continue reading

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Help Coney Island Recover from Hurricane Sandy GIVE 4 hours of your time and GET 4 hours of free rides!

Help Coney Island Recover from Hurricane Sandy GIVE 4 hours of your time and GET 4 hours of free rides! Volunteer to help us clean-up Coney Island, and we’ll reward you with an unlimited ride, four-hour wristband to Luna Park in 2013. Hurricane Sandy hit Coney Island very hard. Flood waters reached 6 feet, and many residents are still without … Continue reading

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MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES MOBILE MEDICAL VANS ARE PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT LOCATIONS IN CONEY ISLAND, AND ROCKAWAYS; STATEN ISLAND SERVICE BEGINS TODAY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that mobile medical vans staffed with primary care providers who will be able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs are now at several of the City’s Disaster Assistance Service Centers in the Rockaways and Coney Island, as well as two additional high-need locations in the Rockaways. There is a particular need for pharmaceuticals in the Rockaways because of a limited number of pharmacies still open and able to fulfill prescriptions. Continue reading