Monday, September 27, 2021

Governor Hochul and Mayor De Blasio Announce $27 Million Available to Provide Hurricane Ida Relief to Undocumented New Yorkers

 Flood damage after Tropical Depression Ida

Community Organizations Selected in Impacted Areas to Help Undocumented Survivors Receive Recovery Assistance
Selected Not-For-Profits Will Work Directly with Residents Who Do Not Qualify for FEMA Assistance
Program Will Open September 27 - Residents Should Call ONA Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 for Help on Where to Apply

 Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $27 million is available to provide relief to undocumented survivors of the storms and flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. This funding will be distributed through grants to an established network of community organizations and provided to New Yorkers who are not eligible to receive storm recovery assistance through the FEMA Individual Assistance Program or other means.  

"When I saw the devastation of Hurricane Ida, I pledged that we would do everything in our power to help impacted communities recover, and this funding is a fulfillment of that promise," Governor Hochul said. "With these resources dedicated to undocumented New Yorkers who are ineligible for FEMA relief and partnerships with organizations on the ground, we can close gaps in aid and help New Yorkers in need. I urge eligible New Yorkers to apply to get the funding they need to rebuild."  

"We will ensure New Yorkers have access to the aid they need to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ida," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Regardless of documentation status, we will get support to the most recent victims of our climate crisis and are here to help every step of the way." 

This program is being managed by the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) and will target undocumented individuals located in the counties designated in the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration approved for Individual Assistance, which includes Bronx, Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland. A selected groups of not-for-profit organizations will provide information, assistance and help for residents who were impacted by the storm.

Today's announcement bolsters the State and City commitment to support these not-for-profit organizations in a joint effort to distribute assistance. 
The following organizations will provide assistance:

  •  Bronx - Catholic Charities Community Services, 402 East 152nd Street, Bronx, NY 10455 
  •  Brooklyn - Chinese American Planning Council, 4101 8th Ave, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232 
  • Queens - MinKwon, 133-29 41st Avenue, Suite 202, Flushing, NY 11355
  • Queens - Make the Road, 92-10 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 
  • Staten Island - Make the Road, 161 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
  • Nassau - Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, 134 Jackson Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
  • Suffolk - Make the Road, 1090 Suffolk Ave, Brentwood, NY 11717 
  • Westchester & Rockland - NeighborsLink, 27 Columbus Ave, Mount Kisco, NY 10549  

New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "The remnants of Hurricane Ida destroyed the homes and livelihoods of so many in its wake, particularly impacting immigrants throughout the city. Thanks to Governor Hochul's leadership, the New York State Office for New Americans is ready to employ our resources to help connect all undocumented New Yorkers with much needed relief to help them rebuild."
Acting Superintendent of Financial Services Adrienne A. Harris said, "Undocumented New Yorkers are a vital part of the fabric that makes our communities strong and have helped keep New York tough through this pandemic. I commend Governor Hochul for ensuring funding and relief is available to help all those impacted by Hurricane Ida. DFS staff joined the initial response effort and have seen firsthand that the funds distributed today will help to deliver critical financial relief that will ensure our affected communities heal as one."

For any immigrant in need of assistance, or to connect with ONA's programs, call the New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 9:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Friday. All calls are confidential. Assistance is available in over 200 languages. For more information, visit or follow ONA on Twitter at @NYSNewAmericans or Facebook at

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