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$2 billion provided to NY survivors by FEMA, SBA

NEW YORK, NY – March 1, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved more than $2 billion in direct assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. This includes:

  • Nearly $918 millionin FEMA grants approved for individuals and households
    • More than $793 million for housing assistance
    • More than $124 million for other needs
  • More than $1.1 billion in SBA disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and businesses

Other assistance:

  • More than $717 million approved in FEMA Public Assistance grants to communities and eligible nonprofit organizations that serve the public
  • More than $2.6 billion in National Flood Insurance Program payments made to policy holders
  • 5.3 million cubic yards of debris removed
  • 269,192 people contacted FEMA for help or information
  • 180,406 housing inspections completed
  • 164,194 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers
  • More than 500 voluntary agencies involved in recovery
  • 25 languages used to communicate assistance information to survivors

Individuals can register with FEMA online at or via smartphone or tablet at Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or TTY 800-462-7585. The phone lines operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week.



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