From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield and Congressman Jerrold Nadler:
Councilman David G. Greenfield, Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty are teaming up to host an event for residents who need help applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Any homeowner or tenant who needs help filing for FEMA funding is welcome to schedule a time to stop by Councilman Greenfield’s Borough Park district office this Wednesday, November 21st for a fifteen-minute appointment with a Met Council expert. During this meeting, the representative will assist with all of the associated paperwork and answer questions. They will also be able to explain other types of government assistance available to help New Yorkers recover from Hurricane Sandy. For more information, call Councilman Greenfield’s office at (718) 853-2704.
“I know that many New Yorkers are still assessing the damage that Hurricane Sandy caused to their homes and belongings. This is a difficult and long process, so we are committed to doing everything we can to help ease the stress and burden for residents. It is critical that everyone impacted by the storm utilize the federal, state and city programs being offered, and my office is here to assist with that process. I thank Congressman Nadler and Met Council for partnering with me to help residents through this difficult time,” said Councilman Greenfield.
“It is crucial that those who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy receive the assistance they need to move on with their lives. I will continue working in Congress to ensure that there is adequate funding – through FEMA and other avenues – for Brooklyn residents and businesses to rebuild and repair, and my office is here to help connect constituents with those resources. My staff has assembled key resources for those seeking federal assistance,” said Congressman Nadler.
After applying for FEMA assistance, city residents can then apply to the newly-created Rapid Repairs NYC program, which will help provide expedited repairs through licensed contractors that have been brought in to the city’s hardest hit areas. Using their FEMA identification number, residents can apply to Rapid Repairs NYC by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov. Under this program, inspections and certifications from the city Department of Buildings and Department of Housing Preservation are being completed as quickly as possible to get residents back in their homes sooner.
In addition, a number of other programs are available through agencies including the United States Small Business Administration, the Governor’s Homeowner Repair and Rebuilding Fund, the NYC Department of Small Businesses, Legal Services of NYC, and more. Call Councilman Greenfield’s office at (718) 853-2704 for more information about Wednesday’s FEMA event which is by appointment only, or about any of the other programs currently available to city residents.