FEMA Tag All blog entries tagged as FEMA http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:38:47 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Headlines: #Sandy Victims Win Hotel Extension http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/02/todays-headlines-sandy-victims-win-hotel-extension http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/02/todays-headlines-sandy-victims-win-hotel-extension

A judge ruled on Wednesday for the city to extend its hotel program for displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy. The city had originally planned on kicking remaining 196 evacuess out of hotels on April 30 but an extensionwill give victims until May 15. Five Sandy evacuees filed a lawsuit to gain the extension on Monday. The city Department of Homeless Services provided hotel rooms to victims who did not qualify for the FEMA hotel program. The FEMA program had previously been extended untill May 29.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 02 May 2013 11:34:51 +0000
Feds Approve State Sandy Recovery Plan; City Plan Awaits Approval http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/26/feds-approve-state-sandy-recovery-plan-city-plan-awaits-approval http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/26/feds-approve-state-sandy-recovery-plan-city-plan-awaits-approval The federal government has approved the state's plan for spending $1.7 billion in funds to help communities rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.

New York City is covered by a separate plan that officials say was submitted this week and will be approved soon.

Congress approved a plan setting aside $50.5 billion in Sandy relief for all impacted states. New York is expected to get around $30 billion of those funds eventually.

The state's plan provides block grant funds that are designed to be more flexible than other FEMA loans and insurance plans. "We got to communities and we say, 'You tell us what you need to restore your community,'" Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference earlier today announcing the federal government's approval of the state plan.

He was joined at the press conference by Shaun Donovan, the secretaroy of Housing and Urban Development, and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

In contrast to other FEMA programs, Schumer said the block grants can be used for mold remediation and are available to coops and condos.

He said the state's plan will also reimburse home and business owners who used their own money to rebuild, adding that the city's plan "originally" excluded such a measure. But Schumer said he spoke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg about changing that.

The state plan allows communities affected by hurricanes Irene and Lee to apply for funds and creates a system where communities can design their own projects and pitch them to the state. Community reconstruction zones will be eligible for $3 to $25 million, depending on a ratio of damage to population. This includes New York City communities.

"We simply cannot ignore the damage that extreme weather is doing to families around this state and country. That is why we must take this opportunity to rebuild smarter and stronger," Donovan said, pointing out that HUD will require homes and businesses to build to higher standards to anticipate future storms.

Cuomo described the community reconstruction zones as a "bottom-up approach," and detailed that the top-down approach will include the state using federal money to address infrastructure issues through state authorities like the MTA. "There was no more difficult moment than dealing with Sandy as a government official," Cuomo said. "For those of us who believe in government there is no truer test."

Here is a list of NYC reconstruction zones and how much they are eligible for:

Belle Harbor, Neponsit, Breezy Point, Roxbury
$ 25,000,000
Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Seagate
$ 19,291,387
Broad Channel
$ 6,044,869
Far Rockaway, Rockaway
$ 22,221,745
Gerriston Beach, Sheepshead Bay
$ 13,368,780
Lower Manhattan
$ 25,000,000
New Howard Beach, Old Howard Beach
$ 18,329,368
Red Hook
$ 3,000,000
Staten Island (East Shore, South Shore)
$ 25,000,000

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:33:59 +0000
FEMA Extends Temporary Shelter Program For #Sandy Victims http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/24/fema-extends-temporary-shelter-program-for-sandy-victims http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/24/fema-extends-temporary-shelter-program-for-sandy-victims Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended their temporary shelter assistance program for victims of Sany by 28 days at his request.

That means those displaced by Sandy can continue to stay in participating hotels and motels.

FEMA will call applicants who are eligible for the extension to alert them that their new checkout date is May 29.

Those displaced by Sandy can use the following methods to apply for assistance::

· Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
· Registering via smartphone or tablet by using the FEMA app or going to m.fema.gov; or
· Registering by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585). For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:10:03 +0000
Faith Leaders Demand Temporary Housing For Sandy Victims http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/04/faith-leaders-demand-temporary-housing-for-sandy-victims- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/04/faith-leaders-demand-temporary-housing-for-sandy-victims-

Faith leaders working with Occupy Sandy on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts plan to converge on the residence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to demand that the city provide temporary housing for those displaced by the storm or those living in unsafe conditions.

The rally in front of the mayor's office is expected to begin at 11 a.m. today.

As we reported Monday, elected officials say FEMA is considering renting empty apartments and housing those in need of safe refuge because of damage done to their homes by Sandy — especially in neighborhoods in the Rockaways.

Housing conditions are deteriorating in the communities on the peninsula as mold continues to grow unchecked in many homes, while still others remain without heat and power.

Grassroots groups have been protesting the lack of temporary housing for weeks now and the movement seems to be growing.

Dennis Saleeby, volunteer field operations director for New York Resilience System, says a group of advocates for storm victims is expecting to meet with the office of Council Speaker Christine Quinn today to discuss the need for housing.

The Bloomberg administration has noted that anumber of hotel rooms they have for displaced victims are sitting empty. But some residents of the the Rockaways say they need to be in their communities to able to commute to their jobs. Others seem not to know exactly how to get a voucher for a hotel room.

Far Rockaway Resident Vern Clarke told Gotham Gazette that hotels can't accomodate his family of seven. He says that although FEMA visited his house and saw his mold problem, they did not offer him housing assistance.

"It is clear to me that as we, people of faith, have responded in opening our churches, synagogues, and other sacred spaces and it is long overdue that the government and those who have accumulated and have the resources, in their care, need to step up. It is a crisis and we need our structures in place to adapt and work for the most vulnerable among us,” Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, who has worked along Occupy Sandy’s hub at St. Jacobi’s Lutheran Church, said in a press release.

The release also quotes resident Luis Casco as saying: "We are living in a mold infested community. One of my neighbors is a 67-yea- old woman who cannot run her daycare any longer and has a respiratory disease and is living in mold. We are people, not animals, we should not be living in these horrible conditions."

Photo by Cristian Salazar

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