ALBANY, N.Y. -- In the first eight days since President Clinton declared parts of New York major disaster areas, nearly $484,500 in disaster housing assistance has gone out to people affected by Tropical Storm Floyd.
A total of 224 checks for disaster housing have been issued so far to eligible applicants in Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. Residents of Essex County just became eligible to apply on Friday.
Assistance programs available because of the September 19 presidential declaration include: grants for short-term rental needs; grants to make minimal home repairs; grants to meet serious disaster-related needs not covered by other programs; low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters or business owners; special assistance for agricultural workers, farm owners and ranchers, and disaster unemployment assistance.
Those who were affected by Tropical Storm Floyd in Essex, Orange, Putnam, Westchester or Rockland counties should apply for disaster assistance by calling toll-free 1-800-462-9029. People who are hearing- or speech-impaired applicants may call TTD 1-800-462-7585. The telephone numbers are operational from 7 a.m. to midnight daily until further notice. Should you receive a busy signal due to the current heavy call volume, please keep trying until you reach help.
To date 4,383 individuals and businesses in the five designated counties have registered for assistance. The county breakdown is as follows: Essex - 68, Orange - 872, Putnam - 291, Rockland - 2,387 and Westchester - 985.