ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than $61 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance (IA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and FEMA public assistance (PA) funding has been approved for 14 New York counties that sustained damage during the April 14 - 18 nor'easter.
Seven counties were declared for individual assistance (IA), while 13 counties were declared for public assistance (PA). The IA counties are Albany, Dutchess, Orange, Richmond (Borough of Staten Island), Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester. The PA counties are Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.
The IA program provides disaster grants, while the SBA offers low-interest loans for homeowners, renters, and business owners. 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 damaged infrastructure.
The following is a summary of funding to date:
- More than $10.6 million has been approved for 4,941 households through the FEMA Housing Program (HA).
- More than $1.1 million has been approved for 1012 households under the FEMA/State Other Needs Assistance Program (ONA).
- The SBA approved $34.4 million in low-interest disaster loans for 735 homeowners, renters and business owners.
- More than $15.6 million has been approved for public assistance (PA) funding.
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.