In a recent article published by PIANY, it was stated that FEMA approved more than 1 billion dollars in assistance to individual families in NY. Last year super storm sandy put many families in the NY area out of their homes and repairs are still being made to rectify the damages.
Of the 1 billion spent by FEMA, $855 million was used for eligible survivors who needed home repairs and temporary rental assistance. The rest of the budget of $145 million dollars was allocated to other uninsured hurricane-related expenses. These uninsured expenses included personal property, transportation, medical, dental, funeral and moving costs.
The budget of 1 billion dollars was a part of FEMA’s individual and household program. It was a smaller part of much larger assistance program for New York’s recovery. The total cost in disaster assistance was 8 billion and included more than 1.5 billion in low interest U.S. small business administration disasters loans, and more than 3.7 billion in flood insurance claim payments. Besides all that, 1.8 billion dollars were spent for debris removal, repair or replacement of public facilities and reimbursement for emergency expenses.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585.)