Through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) individuals in New Jersey and New York in the counties below are eligible for certain resources as a result of Hurricane Sandy:
New Jersey - Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.
New York - Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens.
Available FEMA resources:
- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.
- Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
- Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
- Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.
- Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.
To apply for these benefits, go to http://www.disasterassistance.gov. Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.