Source: ICNA Relief USA
To help aid victims of Superstorm Sandy who are now doing battle with the brutal cold snap that is affecting our region, Masjid Omar (The Islamic Center of Brighton Beach) and ICNA Relief USA will be partnering to bring a distribution of basic necessities and free medical camp to the community, January 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Masjid Omar, 232 Neptune Avenue between Brighton 7th Street and Brighton 8th Street.
FEMA representatives will be on hand to provide help and information. Residents should also be aware that Monday, January 28, is the last day that they will be able to apply for federal assistance from FEMA.
ICNA Relief USA provides disaster relief and social services to underserved populations within the United States. Among the items that ICNA Relief USA and Masjid Omar will help to distribute are comforters, heaters, jeans, coats, cleaning supplies, and more.
To learn more, call (866) 354-0102 or (718) 658-7028, or visit ICNA Relief USA on the web or on Facebook.
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If you are feeling overwhelmed by the lasting repercussions from Superstorm Sandy, the Bay Improvement Group (BIG) will be partnering with Project HOPE to offer a 90-minute support group session with professional counselors for Sheepshead Bay residents impacted by the storm.
The session will be held behind closed doors from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 24, in a conference room in BIG’s Mobile Command Center (Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol), just west of 3031 Emmons Avenue.
If you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to share your frustrations and, in the process, help others, please attend. There is no requirement to sign up or give your name — just show up. According to BIG Founder and President Steve Barrison, “If enough people show, we’ll set them up with Project HOPE,” which conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.
If you feel you or someone you know needs to speak to someone immediately, contact (800) 543-3638.
Correction (January 29): The original version of this article stated that HOPE stood for Health Opportunities for People Everywhere. The was incorrect. Health Opportunities for People Everywhere is a different Project HOPE, and is an international program. The Project HOPE discussed in this article is not an acronym, and is a New York State-funded program.
If you are a homeowner, renter or business owner affected by Superstorm Sandy and have insurance-related questions or issues related to the storm, the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) mobile command center will be stationed outside of Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach, all day today, January 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Representatives from DFS will meet with residents inside the mobile unit. To learn more, go to DFS’ website or call them, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (800) 342-3736, (212) 480-6400 or (518) 474-6600.
We received this release from the offices of State Senator Martin Golden:
Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, announced representatives of the Department of Financial Services will be at locations in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau County and Suffolk County to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy.
The Department’s representatives will be available to meet with residents inside the agency’s Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at these locations:
- Saturday, Jan. 5 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jamaica Bay Home Depot, 5700 Avenue U.
- Tuesday, Jan. 8 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bergen Beach / Mill Basin Shopping Center, 6620 Avenue U.
- Wednesday, Jan. 9 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coney Island, MCU- Parking Lot, 1904 Surf Ave.
Department representatives will help citizens contact their insurers if they have been unable to do so and answer questions about homeowners’, renters’ and business owners’ insurance coverage.
Citizens unable to go to the Mobile Command Center are encouraged to call the Department’s storm hotline (800) 339-1759 which is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily including weekends. Insurance information is also available on the Department’s website, www.dfs.ny.gov.
A home in Sea Gate damaged (in the rear) by Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman
Time is running out for Superstorm Sandy victims who were placed in Brooklyn hotels by FEMA following the destruction of their homes and apartments late last October. According to an article in the New York Daily News, the deadline set by FEMA to allow for displaced storm victims to stay in hotels and motels is January 12, and a further extension seems unlikely.
FEMA has housed close to 2,200 families, extending the deadline for the program twice already, but many of the people living in the hotels have no place else to go come mid-January.
“Where am I going to go?” Ruebin Hernandez asked the Daily News, a 53-year-old on disability who lost his Seagate apartment. “If an extension isn’t made some people are going to freeze.”
Hernandez is currently staying at a Super 8 motel in Park Slope, a building with half its rooms occupied by Sandy victims. For those wondering, the January 12 deadline has nothing to do with the proposed $60 billion Sandy aid package stalled in the House of Representatives.
For its part, FEMA has urged the Sandy victims to stay in touch with the agency, no matter what happens come the January 12 deadline.
“We are proactively working with each family to provide all the assistance we can,” FEMA spokesman Ed Conley said to the Daily News. He has strongly urged victims to call (800) 621-3362.
Here at Sheepshead Bites, we are wondering if any readers know anybody from the area currently staying in a hotel or motel with a FEMA voucher, and if they have no place to go by the January 12 deadline. Please email us at nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com with any details.
Brighton Neighborhood Association Executive Director Pat Singer, left, and her staff (not pictured) have returned to their office at the Chase Bank in Brighton Beach following Superstorm Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman
After being displaced and working from remote locations to serve their community in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, our friends at the Brighton Neighborhood Association (BNA) are back!
The social services and tenant advocacy organization officially re-opened for business today in its location at the Chase Bank, 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue on the corner of Coney Island Avenue.
Displaced from her own Brighton Beach apartment in the weeks following Sandy, BNA’s Executive Director, Pat Singer, as well as staff members Janet Veksler and Claudia Escoto, continued to reach out to the community in its time of need.
To learn more about the BNA and the work they do for the community, contact Singer at (718) 891-0800, visit www.brightonbeach.com, and “Like” BNA on Facebook.
Correction (12/18/2012): The original version of this article indicated that the BNA coordinated with Shorefront Y on Sandy relief. Shorefront Y has notified us that this was erroneous, and we have updated the article. We regret any confusion this may have caused.
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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, local Chambers of Commerce, and elected officials launched a new campaign aimed at assisting neighborhood businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The initiative is called “Bounce Back NYC,” and it will be sending staff members and volunteers to the hardest hit neighborhoods and business districts in an all out effort to assist, promote, and restore small businesses back to health.
“We are setting out to provide small businesses in the hardest-hit parts of our city with more promotion, more customers and more resources to help them back on their feet,” De Blasio announced in a press release.
If you are work in or operate a small business that has been affected by Sandy, we urge you to fill out a form to get listed on bouncebacknyc.com. Over 500 of the hardest hit businesses from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island have already registered. Almost none are from Sheepshead Bay, so get on it!
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the approval of $118 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for businesses and residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. The SBA also extended the filing deadline for physical property damage to January 28, 2013, and the deadline for economic injury applications to July 31, 2013.
In a press release, Frank Skaggs, director of the SBA’s Field Operations Center East, said that, “Currently, 1,945 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $118,791,500 for affected survivors,” and that, “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to do so and return it as quickly as possible.”
Those looking to apply, can visit the SBA’s secure website. For further information and additional details on the loan application process and the location of recovery centers, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Erica Sherman
State Senator David Storobin is offering free legal services today, Wednesday, December 12, for his constituents affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The service is being offered by the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and their attorneys will be present at Storobin’s district office to assist with Sandy related matters. The consultations available are provided in multiple languages including Russian.
Those interested in booking an appointment can call Vicky at (718) 743-8610. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
10 am – 2 pm
District office of NY State Senator David Storobin
2201 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Photo by Erica Sherman
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced the New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act, legislation intended to provide tax relief to New York City homeowners and businesses severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
The legislation would allow property owners who suffered damages from Sandy to apply for property tax assessment reductions on a sliding scale. The sliding scale is based on the percentage of value lost, so the more damage you suffered, the less you would pay in taxes. Here is a breakdown of the figures.
- 50 but less than 60 percent loss in value, taxable assessed value would be reduced by 55 percent;
- 60 but less than 70 percent loss in value, taxable assessed value would be reduced by 65 percent;
- 70 but less than 80 percent loss in value, taxable assessed value would be reduced by 75 percent;
- 80 but less than 90 percent loss in value, taxable assessed value would be reduced by 85 percent;
- 90 but less than 100 percent loss in value, taxable assessed value would be reduced by 95 percent;
- 100 percent loss, taxable assessed value would be reduced to zero.
According to the legislation, the home or business owner would be required to submit a written request to the New York City Department of Finance, which in turn would determine the percentage of lost value. The New York City Tax Commission would review any assessment changes if requested by the property owner.
Local co-sponsors of the bill include Alec Brook-Krasny, Steven Cymbrowitz, Helene Weinstein and Alan Maisel.