ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than $45 million in individual assistance (IA) grants and public assistance (PA) funding has been approved for 14 New York counties that sustained damage during the April 14-18 nor'easter.
Seven counties are eligible for individual assistance (IA) funding, while 13 counties are approved to receive public assistance (PA) funding. The IA program provides disaster grants, along with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for homeowners and renters. Business owners may qualify for SBA low-interest loans only. The PA program reimburses eligible state agencies, municipalities, and certain private non-profit organizations for the cost of emergency protective measures and debris removal, and for repairs to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, parks, recreational facilities and other items.
The following is a summary of activities in the declared counties as of close of business July 10, 2007:
- More than $10 million was approved for 4,892 households through the FEMA Housing Program (HA).
- More than $1 million was approved for 962 households under the FEMA/State Other Needs Assistance Program (ONA).
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved $28.8 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.
- Close to 9,000 individuals registered for assistance with FEMA.
The breakdown, by county, for individual assistance (IA) is as follows:
Albany - $376,625; Dutchess - $775,695; Orange - $458,542; Richmond (Borough of Staten Island) - $1,531,529; Rockland - $701,703; Ulster - $262,685; Westchester - $7,559,508
The breakdown, by county, for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans is as follows:
Albany - $166,900; Dutchess - $944,300; Orange - $1,312,900; Richmond (Borough of Staten Island) - $3,657,200; Rockland - $3,675,000; Ulster - $159, 700; Westchester - $18,966,900
"We are confident that every homeowner, renter and business owner affected by the storm, and who registered for assistance, is being helped," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson.
- $326,623 for debris removal
- $1.8 million for cost of protective measures during the disaster
- $1.6 million for repair of road and bridges
- $100,879 for repair of water control facilities
- $112,344 for repair of public buildings
- $63,803 for repair of public utilities
- $471,054 for repair of recreational or other facilities
The breakdown, by county, for public assistance (PA) is as follows:
Albany - $171,794; Columbia - $20,924; Dutchess - $158,485; Essex - $525,927; Greene - $57,901; Montgomery - $54,879; Orange - $427,591; Putnam - $121,071; Rockland - $188,325; Schoharie - $56,863; Suffolk - $1,201,733; Ulster - $52,789; Westchester - $1,510,092
"These figures will continue to increase as more projects are approved," said John R. Gibb, Director of the State Emergency Management Office and State Coordinating Officer.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.