Sandy “Help Centers” in Stony Point and Piermont launched this week to help homeowners and small businesses apply for recovery aid
Stony Point, NY – Sandy Help Centers deployed to Piermont and Stony Point in Rockland County this week to help homeowners and businesses apply for federal recovery aid.
Joined by local officials, Congresswoman Nita Lowey spoke with local residents about their recovery from Superstorm Sandy and state and county representatives at the Sandy Help Center about the barriers residents face in applying for assistance.
“It is good news that these Sandy Help Centers will be available to help local homeowners and businesses apply for assistance to recover and rebuild from Superstorm Sandy,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Federal support in the wake of Sandy has been critical in helping residents of the Lower Hudson Valley get back on their feet, and I am pleased that Rockland residents will be able to receive direct assistance in their own communities this week.”
North Rockland resident Laura Mariotti cautioned residents that the help center won’t actually offer much help. She stated a public Internet forum, ”
I was just there. This is only for help filling out the NY Sandy Help application. If you already filled it out and submitted it, you need to wait for a case worker to contact you. There is nothing further these people can do at the Help Center. If you haven’t’ filled it out yet, they will help you. You need to bring certain documentation with you so they can scan it and submit it with your application. My suggestion is anyone who did not fill it out yet, get the list of documentation you need for the application process and do it at the Help Center. This way some of the information needed will be submitted with your application. It may save you some time.
Two trained Sandy Help Teams are being deployed to Rockland County today and Tuesday, May 14 to help homeowners and business owners affected by Superstorm Sandy apply for recovery aid. One is in Stony Point’s Rho Building located at 5 Clubhouse Drive. The other Sandy Help Center will be located in Piermont’s Village Hall at 478 Piermont Avenue. Both Sandy Helps Teams will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Homeowners and small businesses are eligible to apply for home repairs, elevations, buyouts, mitigation assistance, and small business assistance.
Congresswoman Lowey, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, was a prime mover and shaker in passing the $60 billion package in federal funds to provide this aid to local residents and to help communities throughout the region recover from Sandy.
For more information, interested residents should visit http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov.