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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Sandy Victims Please Pay Attention
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The Federal Block Grant Program is about to open for registration. While we continue to have many reservations about the way in which this program will apply applicants SBA loans against their grant opportunities we urge all homeowners who have incurred substantial damage to apply. The list below is the checklist that the city has put that applicants will need to have for review during the registration process. That registration process should start within the next three weeks and we will put a post up as soon as we hear it is open with a link for residents to register.
On May 10th City and Federal officials announced that New York City will receive $1.77 billion in federal disaster relief aid, including $648 million to help New York City residents whose primary homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

What does this mean for you? If you are a New York City resident whose primary home or multi-family building was destroyed or damaged during Hurricane Sandy and you need help, you may be eligible for our program to help you rebuild, repair or relocate.

The NYC Mayorís Office of Housing Recovery Operations will manage the disaster relief funds. We will announce more information and open registration for this program in early June outlining how we will work together to help rebuild your home, your community and our City. Once you register, you will be matched with an advisor who will work with you throughout the process. They will serve as your primary point of contact to make sure your experience is as seamless and personal as possible.

In the meantime, there are steps you can take now to prepare before registering for our program. Below is a list of documentation that may be required to help you qualify for our program. Do your best to get these documents in order. This is not a final list and we may need more documents, but we will work with you to help gather missing information.

We will do our best to make this process as user-friendly and streamlined as possible, but the better prepared you are, the faster we can work together to come up with a solution for you and your family.

Stay tuned for more information on how to participate in the program. This is the start of a process to help bring back our communities after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. We know you are as eager as we are to get going Ė we look forward to working with you.

Please start preparing the following documents. This does not constitute a full checklist of requirements but is early advice on documents the Program is likely to request from applicants.

For the Applicant and co-Applicant

Government issued photo ID for both the Applicant and Co-Applicant
(Driverís license, Passport, Permanent Resident card , Military ID)
Income for each member of the household 18 or older

1040 form or all W2s and 1099s
Paystubs / proof of repeated bank deposits from employer
Primary Residence:
One or more of the following documents showing the address of the damaged building

Copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
Proof of homestead tax exemption
Receipt of government benefits (e.g. social security)
Utility bills, or letter confirming utility service, showing usage consistent with primary residence, dated at some point during the period from Sept. 2012 to May 2013 (e.g. water, gas or electric bills)
Credit card bill or bank statement prior to May 2013
Documentation of private insurance claim or settlement (if applicable)
If the applicant has made a private insurance claim for the Sandy-damaged structure, or received a settlement, they will be asked to provide the following information:

Amount claimed/received for structure
Insurance company name
Agentís name and phone number
Policy date
Policy number
Claim number
Receipts showing expenditure on repairs to damage caused by Sandy
Many applicants have already received funds intended for Sandy-related rehabilitation of their home. These may include funds from FEMA, SBA, the National Flood Insurance Program, New York State Assistance or funds from philanthropic groups.

We will ask the applicant to provide receipts or other appropriate documentation which demonstrate that these funds were spent by the applicant on allowable activities (as defined by the source of funds).
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