Hochul, de Blasio announce $27M Ida relief for undocumented NYers

New York Governor Kathy Hochul


A $27 million Hurricane Ida relief fund has been made available for undocumented New Yorkers who do not qualify for FEMA assistance, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday.

The announcement comes just weeks after four New Yorkers were killed when the massive storm flooded apartments, businesses and subway stations, causing an estimated $50 million in damages.

The $27 million fund, to be paid for jointly by the state and the city, will be available undocumented immigrants located in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland.

“When I saw the devastation of Hurricane Ida, I pledged that we would do everything in our power to help impacted communities recover, and this funding is a fulfillment of that promise,” Governor Hochul said in a press release.

The $27 million fund will be paid for jointly by the state and the city.
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“With these resources dedicated to undocumented New Yorkers who are ineligible for FEMA relief and partnerships with organizations on the ground, we can close gaps in aid and help New Yorkers in need. I urge eligible New Yorkers to apply to get the funding they need to rebuild.”  

The funding will be distributed through grants to a collection of non-profit organizations throughout the city.The program is managed by the New York State Office for New Americans [ONA].

 “We will ensure New Yorkers have access to the aid they need to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ida,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the release. “Regardless of documentation status, we will get support to the most recent victims of our climate crisis and are here to help every step of the way.” 

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The fund will be available undocumented immigrants located in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland.
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The non-profit organizations will begin providing assistance and accepting applications on Monday, September 27. The application period will close on Friday, Nov. 26.

In order to qualify for this program, the applicants must either themselves not be eligible for FEMA assistance and not have an individual in their household who is eligible for assistance.

The following organizations will provide assistance:

  • Bronx – Catholic Charities Community Services, 402 East 152nd Street, Bronx, NY 10455 
  • Brooklyn – Chinese American Planning Council, 4101 8th Ave, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232 
  • Queens – MinKwon, 133-29 41st Avenue, Suite 202, Flushing, NY 11355
  • Queens – Make the Road, 92-10 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 
  • Staten Island – Make the Road, 161 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
  • Nassau – Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, 134 Jackson Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
  • Suffolk – Make the Road, 1090 Suffolk Ave, Brentwood, NY 11717 
  • Westchester & Rockland – NeighborsLink, 27 Columbus Ave, Mount Kisco, NY 10549


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