Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hurricane Business Recovery Information from NYC Department of Small Business Services

New York City, including the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Below is an outline of available assistance and how you can access them.

If you need financial assistance:

Get help with the Emergency Loan Fund and the NYC Matching Grant (NEW!)
The City of New York, Goldman Sachs, and the New York Bankers Association are providing $15 million in emergency loans to help New York City businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy. NYC Business Solutions and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) will administer the loan program. If you are a small business in need of an emergency loan to recover from business interruption, you can now access loans of up to $25,000. Loans are interest-free for the first six months and 1% interest for the following 24 months. Businesses that are approved for a loan and have been displaced from their workplace for three weeks or more can also receive up to an additional $10,000 through the NYC Matching Grant.

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Updated: Sandy Resources for Nonprofits from HSC

Please see HSC’s updated list of Hurricane Sandy resources for nonprofits HERE. HSC is working with government, our members, and others to compile information that is helpful to the sector.

The deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013. Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 7-1-1 Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

U.S. Representatives Demanded City Improve Access to Disaster Food Stamp Program after Sandy

Today, U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez, Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Edolphus Towns, and José E. Serrano called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to immediately improve access to the federal Disaster Supplemental Food Stamp (D-SNAP) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As structured by the City, the program denies access and eligibility to many thousands of New Yorkers suffering the effects of Sandy in their daily lives. In a letter sent today to Mayor Bloomberg, the Members demanded increased accessibility to D-SNAP benefit centers in hard hit areas of the city; extended periods for applying for the benefits; and an expanded zone of eligibility to include all those New Yorkers whose neighborhoods were badly damaged by flooding. Lower Manhattan State and City elected officials, led by State Senator Daniel Squadron, are simultaneously sending a similar letter to the City.

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Over $118 Million in SBA Disaster Loans Approved in New York

The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $118 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents and businesses in New York affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“Currently, 1,945 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $118,791,500 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to do so and return it as quickly as possible.”

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FEMA Local Hires

Here is the information regarding FEMA local hires: Local-hire jobs are posted on the New York State Job Bank website: http://newyork.us.jobs/

Information Regarding Hurricane-Related Benefits and Resources

Please see the important information regarding hurricane-related benefits and resources below:

  1. HRA-DSNAP aka “disaster food stamps,” have been approved and will be available in designated zip codes regardless of immigration status. DSNAP application dates are from December 12th-18th. Please see the flyer below in multiple languages.
  2. There are new local employment opportunities with FEMA. Please see the flyer below in multiple languages.
  3. MOIA has created a web-based resource and FAQ page that will be updated in real-time with ongoing benefits and recovery information: http://www.nyc.gov/html/imm/html/sandy/sandy.shtml

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Disaster Food Stamp Benefits Avaiable December12-18 2012

D-SNAP (commonly known as Disaster Food Stamps) is a One-Time Benefit. D-SNAP disaster food stamp benefits will now be available for affected zip codes:

  • Coney Island, Brooklyn (zip code 11224 and 11235)
  • Red Hook, Brooklyn (zip code 11231)
  • Gerritsen Beach South of Allen Avenue, Brooklyn (partial area of zip code 11229)
  • Lower East Side, Manhattan (zip code 10002)
  • Staten Island: Southeast shore (zip code 10306), and North Midland Beach South of Seaview Avenue (partial area of zip code 10305)
  • The Far Rockaways, Queens (zip codes 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, and 11697)

(Applicants must have lived in one of the ten zip codes or two partial zip codes on October 27, 2012.)

If you are aware of an affected zip code that was not included in D-SNAP designated areas, please email the zip code to: Jacki Vimo at jvimo@thenyic.org. Since the program is only open to application from December 12-18, please email us by 12noon Monday December 10.

Please find the one-page flyer on D-SNAP here DSNAP_Flyer_Dec2012.