Resources for Assistance Following Hurricane Sandy
FOOD AND SHELTER
Agriculture Department Food and Nutrition Program (also known as SNAP)provides USDA foods to state agencies for distribution to shelters and other mass feeding sites. FNS has approved waivers that allow state agencies to provide replacement benefits to affected recipients and extend the time recipients have to report loss of food purchased with their benefits. To learn more about assistance available in New Jersey, contact 1-800-687-9512.
Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)has been approved in New Jersey for eligible disaster survivors unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. This initiative is intended to provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose communities are either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damages. The program allows eligible survivors to stay in participating hotels or motels until more suitable housing accommodations are available. Please note: to be eligible for TSA, individuals first must register with FEMA. For more information, disaster survivors should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
FEMA Housing Portalconsolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), private organizations, and the public, to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area. For general questions about FEMA Housing Resources contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
New Jersey Repairs and Rebuilding:The New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™ may be able to help replace damaged equipment by providing rebates and incentives towards the incremental cost of purchasing higher efficiency replacement equipment. Questions regarding the program also can be answered by calling toll-free to 1-866-657-6278.
REGISTERING FOR FEMA ASSISTANCE
Disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally-declared disaster, and whose losses are not covered by insurance. It is meant to help with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways. This assistance is not intended to restore your damaged property to its condition before the disaster.
There are three ways to apply for assistance:
•Apply Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
•Apply via a smart phone at m.fema.gov
•Apply by Phone: - Call 1(800) 621-3362 - Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)
A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for free information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case. These DRCs will continue to open up within the disaster areas. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, check out the disaster recovery center locator at www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers
or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov. You may also text DRC and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) For example, if you lived in Atlantic City, NJ you would text: DRC 08401.
NOTE: You can register for assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center or you can register online or by calling 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362).
The Small Business Administration (SBA): provides low-interest disaster loans to individuals as part of the SBA Federal disaster loan assistance program to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches and private universities to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. Registration with FEMA is required before applying for SBA disaster loan assistance. Please call: 1-800-659-2955 for more details.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance:
Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available to those whose jobs were impacted by the hurricane who live or work in the counties included in the major disaster declaration for New York, including Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties, and for all 21 counties in New Jersey. This may include people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm-workers. Registration closes December 3. Those in New Jersey should contact a New Jersey Reemployment Call Center at locations including Union City (201-601-4100).
Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Homeowners in need of disaster relief should contact their servicers or call one of the numbers below.
Freddie Mac - 1-800-373-3343
Fannie Mae - 1-800-732-6643
FHA – 1-877-622-8525