For Individuals

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Federal 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. Identify your psychological needs, and those of others, as you rebuild. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's website provides tips and resources on how to cope after emergencies.

In some cases, you may need to speak with mental health professionals in order to begin more obvious, structural restoration. NYC Well is New York City's your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance misuse support, information and referral.

  • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
  • 1-888-692-9355 (Español)
  • 1-888-692-9355 (中文)
  • 711 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Be Involved

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.


Making a financial contribution to a volunteer agency involved in disaster relief is the best way of helping people in need after a disaster. Learn more

Visit the Help Now website for tips and information about how to help those affected by disasters.

More Resources

For additional information about housing recovery, business resiliency, resiliency and infrastructure, and disaster recovery funding, visit NYC Recovery.