New York: By the Numbers

NEW YORK, NY – May 7, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved $7 billion in direct assistance to homeowners, renters, businesses, government agencies and nonprofits that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Individual Assistance

  • More than $3.4 billion in National Flood Insurance Program payments made to policy holders
  • More than $967 million in FEMA grants approved for individuals and households
    • More than $828 million for housing assistance
    • More than $139 million for other needs
  • More than $1.4 billion in SBA disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and businesses

Public Assistance

  • More than $1.19 billion in Public Assistancegrants to reimburse local, state and tribal governments and eligible private nonprofits for some of the costs of:
    • emergency response;
    • debris removal; and
    • repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities
  • 5.6 million cubic yards of debris removed

Other assistance

  • 271,743 people have registered for assistance in the 13 designated counties
  • 184,073 housing inspections completed
  • 183,145 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers
  • More than 500 voluntary agencies involved in recovery
  • 26 languages used to communicate assistance information to survivors

Sandy survivors should stay in touch and notify FEMA when they receive their insurance settlement, need to update their contact or address information, or have any questions regarding their application.

Applicants may call FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or TTY 800-462-7585 to update FEMA. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week.

For information about New York State recovery programs, visit www.NYSandyHelp.ny.gov or call: 855-NYS-SANDY. The phone line is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Individuals can check on their application at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

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