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

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

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Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) has been approved in New York and New Jersey for eligible disaster survivors.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) has been approved in New York and New Jersey for eligible disaster survivors who have a continuing need for shelter because they are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. This will provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose communities are either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damages.

For more information, disaster survivors should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Continue reading

The scene outside Gouverneur Court, a supportive housing residence in lower Manhattan, after Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of Community Access.

Supportive Housing Providers in Need of Donations

Supportive housing providers across New York are scrambling to serve tenants in damaged and flooded residences. Below, you’ll find information on how you can donate gasoline, bedding and other goods. Providers are currently in serious need of gasoline, given the overall shortage in New York City. You’ll also find details on how you can volunteer at a homeless shelter or receive assistance from various New York government agencies. 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