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Still need work done on your home, but having trouble finding the funds? Can’t figure out how to navigate the system’s not-so-rapid Rapid Repairs Program? Attend this town hall!

Representatives of New York City’s Rapid Repairs unit will attend a town hall meeting to answer questions and, hopefully, expedite services to our neighborhood, on Monday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at P.S. 52 (2675 East 29th Street).

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Alan Maisel and Councilman Lew Fidler organized the event, following a meeting with Plumb Beach and Sheepshead Bay residents at Roll-N-Roaster, where it was clear that clarification of the program’s offerings for home repair was needed.

You can make an appointment for Rapid Repair service, but, first, you must have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA by going to DisasterAssistance.gov, and have a FEMA ID number.

Then, sign up for the NYC Rapid Repair services by registering online, calling 311 or visiting a Disaster Assistance Service Center and registering there.

A contractor will come to your home and assess the damage, then a work order will be created and contractors will fix the home.

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  • V

    They do not fix the house. They only get boiler and water heater running and fix electricity. I know from having them come to my house seeing that mine was already done and them saying there’s nothing else we can do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TMaffs Tina M Maffeo

    Rapid Repairs is overwhelmed and cannot hadle the work load. It was definitly in good intentions but not effective. If they added fixing windows and doors would be great!

  • Laura McKenna

    Tina, you are right, they are overwhelmed, which is why we are asking for volunteers for help gutting and mucking (cleaning out). As I understand it, if your door won’t close or is damaged, they will replace it. Not necessarily with the door of your choice, but they WILL replace it. As for windows, they will only put plywood over them. As for how far in the process of rebuilding they will go: they will do all work up to but not including mold remediation. At the point they stop work, they want homeowners to let their house dry out thoroughly (how many days, I don’t know) and do mold remediation, THEN sheetrock. Putting up sheetrock before the house is completely dried out and thoroughly treated with mold puts it at serious risk for a mold problem down the road. Occupy Sandy is holding mold remediation workshops for homeowners tomorrow (Saturday).

    • DryinOUTfromSandy

      Mold will be the serious problem if it isnt dealt with NOW. it’s great that OS is doing mold remediation workshops

  • Laura McKenna

    FEMA, the SBA, and Legal Services will also be there to answer questions, so bring your FEMA number!

  • BIG

    We’d like to thank Assemblywoman Helene
    Weinstein, Assemblyman Alan Maisel and Councilman Lew Fidler for
    organizing Monday’s Town Hall on Rapid Repairs at PS 52 and look forward
    to their continued support of devastated Sheepshead Bay and Plumb
    Beach.