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Relief & Recovery: For Individuals

Individual Assistance
When the President declares a disaster and authorizes providing Individual Assistance, FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP) can help homeowners and renters affected by the disaster with uninsured housing needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance. For more information, visit:

Mental Health Recovery
Recovery from a traumatic disaster can require emotional and financial assistance. Be sure to identify your psychological needs, and those of others, as you rebuild other aspects of your life. In some cases, you may need to speak with mental health professionals in order to begin more obvious, structural restoration.
Learn more about mental health recovery from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Get Involved: Volunteer
It is best to affiliate with a recognized disaster volunteer organization before a disaster happens. Getting involved with a disaster volunteer organization before an emergency will increase your ability to help when help is needed.
Learn more

International Disaster Relief
New Yorkers often support relief efforts in the wake of international disasters. The City urges New Yorkers who want to help international victims of disasters to make monetary donations to established charities, which will distribute donations to appropriate relief agencies. For more information, visit American Council for Voluntary International and/or UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs online for information about making donations to such organizations.

April 2014 Storm Event: Relief Assistance
Residents and businesses affected by the significant rain and flooding event that occurred in the city on April 29 and 30 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 28, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 2, 2015.
  • The declaration (New York Declaration 14005 & 14006) covers Kings and Queens Counties, and the contiguous counties of Bronx, Nassau, New York and Richmond in the state of New York. Click here to download the fact sheet
  • Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's website at
  • Individuals and businesses may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at

NYC Continues Recovery From Sandy
The City is working to help New Yorkers recover from Sandy. For the latest updates on Sandy recovery, including assistance, housing, clean-up, and health and safety information, visit the Hurricane Sandy Relief & Recovery page.

For Businesses & Community Organizations
For businesses, community/nongovernmental organizations, and/or nonprofits seeking relief and recovery resources, click here to learn more.

For Government Agencies
Click here to learn more about the relief and recovery resources made available for government agencies.

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