Resources for Disaster Relief

Governor Cuomo's NY Jobs for Cleanup Work

Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of a Hurricane or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply for temporary positions. For more information, click here.

FEMA Is Hiring

For information on FEMA Jobs in the NYC area, please click here.

Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is providing new funding for homeowners whose property was damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.  Homeowners who have already qualified for FEMA housing assistance grants can now also obtain up to an additional $10,000 through the Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair
and Rebuilding Fund.  For more information, please click here.

The Robin Hood Fund

The Robin Hood Fund is awarding grants to 501(c)(3)s doing Sandy related work. To apply, an organization must fill out the form here.

Neighborhood Recovery Fund (NRF) 

The Neighborhood Recovery Fund (NRF) is an emergency fund that was created to provide financial assistance to homeowners affected by extreme weather. NRF works to ensure that impacted New York City homeowners can access and/or maintain affordable and sustainable housing.

NRF provides eligible homeowners with up to $5,000 in either a grant or interest-free loan to cover expenses incurred due to extreme weather.

NRF assistance can be used to pay for housing-related expense not covered by FEMA, homeowners insurance, or related sources. Depending on the availability of other funds, NRF may be used for the following expenses:

To cover expenses for temporary shelter

To pay utility arrears

To pay for necessary home repair costs

To cover relocation expenses such as first and last month’s rent or moving and storage expenses

To pay off mortgage arrears if an applicant is ineligible for the Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP)

To cover income-shock related to tenant displacement

NRF will review applications for other reasonable uses of NRF funds on a case-by-case basis. NRF funds are intended to help ensure safe and affordable housing for New York City homeowners recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. For more information, please click here.


Have you lost work or income due to the effects of extreme weather? If so, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Click here for more information on how to apply.


Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities accepts groups or individuals who want to help on their many Sandy-related projects. Find out about projects by clicking the “Disaster Volunteering” link here.

New York Cares: New York Cares accepts individuals who want to volunteer on a variety of Sandy relief projects. To browse the current volunteer opportunities, please click here.

UJA Federation: The UJA Federation has many opportunities to assist in the recovery. Individuals can sign up here.

 Hotline Contacts and Numbers

New York State Hurricane Helpline:

Website:  Phone:  1-888-769-7243

NY State is willing to give financial assistance to anyone who couldn't work because of the storm, including the self-employed and those who could not get to a job site because of the disaster. NY State encourages those who suffered damage to call with ANY QUESTIONS.


Website:  Mobile Devices:

New Yorkers:

Phone: 1-800-621-3362  TTY: 1-800-462-7585

FEMA urges ANYONE who was impacted to call or go online and register for federal assistance. You are also able to walk in to FEMA centers and speak in person to a clerk, but lines can be long. For a list of FEMA centers, go to the agency web site. FEMA has a variety of programs and grants available for all types of Sandy victims; please call to find out what you are eligible to receive.

Disaster Aid Does Not Affect Social Security, Medicare Benefits

Disaster assistance does not count as income. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of extreme weather will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations also will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits. Read more here.



SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Renters and homeowners alike may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars, appliances, etc. damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence to its pre-disaster condition.

Hotline Contacts and Numbers:

For Aging/Elderly: 1-800-342-9871

For Businesses seeking storm help (power issues, flooding, etc..):
1-888-769-7243 /

For Chemical/Oil Spills: 1-800-457-7362

For Cultural Education (Museums, etc..):  M-F 8am to 4pm
Libraries:  (518)486-4864

Archives & Records:  (518)474-6926

For 24/7 Cultural Education issues:
American Institute For Conservation:
  (202) 661-8068

Northeast Document Conservation Center:  (978) 470-1010

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts:  (215) 688-0712

For Disability Assistance: 1-800-342-3009

For Insurance or Banking issues: 1-800-339-1759

For Mental Health (Stress & Anxiety) Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

For PETS (Residents unable to evacuate with, assistance, retrieval):  (347) 573-1561

For Sheltering/Meals:
Salvation Army:

The Red Cross: 1-800-RED-CROSS

For Office of Technology: Customer Care Center: 1-800-697-1323 or 518-408-6487

For Temporary Disability Assistance: 1-800-342-3009

For Transportation: (518) 485-8621

For Utilities: 1-800-342-3377 (7:30am - 7:30pm)