The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) helps survivors stay in hotels/motels if their homes were damaged from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA has a dedicated toll free number for survivors who are eligible for TSA to call and find a hotel and request accessible transportation (if needed) from their shelter to the hotel. Please note: Hotels participate in the TSA program independently and may have to honor previous reservations.
The number is 866-863-8673. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days/week.
If survivors receive a letter from FEMA saying that they are ineligible for assistance, make sure they read the letter very carefully. They may need to provide further information or documentation in order to qualify. The letter will explain exactly what additional information is needed. They may still be approved for help from FEMA. They may also receive a letter from FEMA stating they were ineligible simply because they did not yet received a settlement from their insurance carrier.
If a determination letter is received stating that they are ineligible and they believe an error was made, they have the right to file an appeal.
Appeals may be made on any decision within 60 days of the date listed on the last decision letter.
NYC Rapid Repairs is a FREE program to help residential property owners affected by Hurricane Sandy make emergency repairs. These emergency repairs will allow residents to stay in their homes so that they can complete more permanent repairs and finishes. Emergency repairs include permanent or temporary restoration of heat, power and hot water, and other limited repairs to protect a home from further significant damage. A homeowner must first register for NYC Rapid Repairs. The City will then schedule an appointment for a qualified NYC Rapid Repairs Team to make certain repairs for all eligible homeowners.
Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them.
From East Tremont in the Bronx to West Brighton on Staten Island, the groups they support are carrying out projects as varied as community gardening, theater and fine arts, nutrition awareness, composting, beautification, tenant organizing, youth education, physical fitness, public safety, and more! For the application or for more information open the attached flyer or contact:
Senator Lanza today announced that Lowe’s will be distributing more than 22,000 traditional, family-style Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market to families in the hardest hit communities of Hurricane Sandy. These heat-and-serve dinners will be distributed on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, November 21 beginning at 11:00 AM. The dinners will be distributed at 35 Lowe’s stores located closest to the most impacted communities in New York and New Jersey. Thirteen of these stores are in New York and two on Staten Island. Each store location will have approximately 500 meals to distribute.
Senator Andrew Lanza today joined Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in announcing a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Great Kills, Staten Island to Manhattan that will serve communities that saw some of the worst damage from Hurricane Sandy. The new service is designed to bring immediate relief to and ease the commutes of residents in Great Kills, Midland Beach, Tottenville and other impacted Staten Island neighborhoods.
P.S. 36 and the Manfredi Auto Group are hosting a Holiday Toy Drive for Staten Island children. They are accepting new Christmas pajamas for all ages, new toys and gift cards up until Dec.20th. Please mail gift cards only to Manfredi Auto Group, 1591 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306. Gifts can be dropped at P.S.36 (255 Ionia Ave, Staten Island, N.Y. 10312) and all Manfredi Auto Groups.
One of the most pressing issues facing all New Yorkers is increasing property taxes. For many, it is the defining factor that contributes to their exodus from our City and State. Now more than ever we need to enact a common sense plan that takes an aggressive stance and puts an end to out of control property tax increases.