Category Archives: Relief

Construction Works from NYC Center for Economic Opportunity

Application Open: Construction Works

February 25, 2013 The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (MF), are seeking qualified service providers to deliver Construction Works – a new job training and employment placement initiative to help low-income New Yorkers enter quality construction jobs connected to rebuilding neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy. CEO/MF will award privately funded grants of $100,000-$300,000 under this solicitation, and potential applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to begin delivering services rapidly.
Download the application (in PDF)

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Program to Address Water Damage and Mold in Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations today announced a new initiative to address water damage and treat mold in homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Since Hurricane Sandy, the City has provided comprehensive guidance on how to safely and effectively treat mold, and has collaborated with the Environmental Contractors Association to supply homeowners and volunteers with proper equipment to remove it. While homeowners can use FEMA assistance to address mold, costs can be significant, and there is no direct Federal funding available for mold remediation.

Using private money raised to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is launching a remediation program to remove mold in approximately 2,000 homes in the hardest hit areas. In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring a $15 million remediation program that will be administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development not-for-profit corporation with 30 years of experience working in New York City. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC will coordinate mold treatment that will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to the direct mold treatment program, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring new awareness and safe practice trainings on mold treatment work. These free training sessions will take place in many of the hardest hit communities to educate homeowners and volunteers on how to effectively treat mold, and thousands of mold supply kits will be distributed at no cost.

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Chinese-language line by FEMA

FEMA has setup a dedicated Chinese-language line for residents affected by Sandy: 1-866-333-1796. More information can be found here FEMA Chinese line.

Small Business Grant from SBS- up to $5k

Grants of up to $5,000 are available from New York City Small Business Services (SBS) to help businesses that may not qualify for the emergency loan:

Small Business Assistance Grants will be awarded based on eligibility and need, and may be used by recipients for structural repairs, equipment repairs and the purchase of replacement equipment needed for business recovery.

To be eligible, businesses must be:

  1. located in evacuation zones A or B
  2. have annual gross revenues under $10 million
  3. employ fewer than 100 full-time employees
  4. be located in the same commercial corridor or within the same geographic vicinity it occupied prior to the storm.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Small Business Assistance Grants are in addition to the low-interest emergency loans and matching grants already being provided by SBS, and can be used to help businesses that may not qualify for the loan.

Application is on the website

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 or via smartphone or tablet at 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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