Housing and individual assistance extension announced for Hurricane Sandy victims

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ALBANY, N.Y. – New York victims of Hurricane Sandy will receive extended
housing and individual assistance after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an extension
Thursday.

FEMA, at the request of the State, has approved a 14-day
extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day
extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program.

This allows eligible survivors of Hurricane Sandy who can't
return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels, and also
provides the ability to receive federal assistance for repairing their damaged
properties.

The new TSA extension will allow applicants to remain in participating hotels
until Feb. 9, 2013. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to
notify them of the extended 14-day period and the checkout date of Feb.10,
2013.

The IA extension will provide an additional 30 days for individuals and
businesses to apply to FEMA for assistance for home repairs and other needs and
to the Small Business Administration for loans.

“We remain committed to assisting all victims of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring that
they have the shelter they need, especially in this cold weather,” Gov. Cuomo
said. “The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program will continue to provide
shelter to those New Yorkers who do not have homes to return and help others
with critically needed funding to rebuild.”

TSA is short-term program that places families in hotels while they work toward
a longer-term housing plan. Individuals must be checked in to the program by
January 26, 2013 to be eligible.

To be eligible for FEMA Programs, survivors must first apply for federal
assistance through FEMA by:

  • Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Registering via smartphone or tablet by using the FEMA app
    or going to m.fema.gov
  • Registering by calling 800-621-FEMA
    (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585). For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call
    800-621-3362.
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