This guide provided by Representative Jerrold Nadler's office details federal services and benefits available to New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. A full list of assistance programs is available in the document, which can be downloaded from this page.
The Community Service Society just published an alarming report detailing hospitals’ widespread failure to comply with a charity care law that went into effect in 2007. The law addressed the need for financial assistance to reduce the hospital bills of low-income New Yorkers who are uninsured or underinsured. According to The New York Times:
“The entire system is corrupted, and it isn’t working for patients,” said Elisabeth R. Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, a nonprofit antipoverty group, which is releasing the two-year study on Monday.
With the growing shortage of affordable housing—for both renters and homeowners—there has never been a more important time to understand your rights and how current housing laws apply to you. There is not enough space to address all the pertinent facts, rights, and obligations so this newsletter covers the issues which come up most often in my District Office. You should be aware, however, that there are exceptions to many of the regulations and programs outlined here.
Many of my constituents have chosen to hire full time nannies or other domestic workers for their families. Some people are unaware, however, that when they hire domestic workers, they become employers, subject to the same rules and regulations of the Federal and New York State governments as any other employer and business. These regulations can be incredibly complex and are difficult to navigate even for a professional accountant.
We are a less than a week away from the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and just over a week past Hurricane Irene. Each had a very different and complex cause; both left us with the immediate need to rebuild our communities. Both also highlight the importance of interdependence as a fundamental strength of our democratic society. In other words, none of us “do it all by ourselves;” we survive through our inter-relationships and our dependence on institutions. When the basic safety and infrastructure of local communities is damaged, we must rely on others to help us rebuild. It really does “take a village.”