SI Community and Interfaith Long Term Disaster Recovery Organization
March 27, 2013
- Goldi read the by-laws agreed upon by the Finance, Mission, and Structure Committee.
- Introductions Around the Table and Updates
- The deadline to register for FEMA has been extended to April 13, 2013.
- Our Sandy Help Fairs will continue at the Disaster Recovery Center (1976 Hylan Blvd.) every Saturday in April from 9am-3pm. FEMA, case management, and legal services will be present. Any organization providing disaster services is strongly encouraged to host a table – just let Sal or Karen know that you intend to come. Chinese, Russian, and Spanish translators will be on site.
Where to Turn has collected 800 prom dresses for young people impacted by Sandy. The give-away is April 6th from 12-3pm at New Dorp High School.
- This weekend, over 100 volunteers will be conducting a beautification project in Midland Beach.
- Prayer – Rev. Paul Quevedo
- Patrick Ryan from The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Recovery on CDBG-DR plan A
- $720 million of the first allocation of federal money for Sandy relief (1.77 billion) will go toward housing recovery. $350 mill to nyc houses rehabilitation, $250 to multi-family building rehabilitation, and $120 to public housing rehabilitation and resilience.
- When a homeowner applies for assistance, their home will be inspected for the amount of damage caused by the storm. Those with lower incomes and fewer resources will be given priority. The intention of the program is to fill unmet rebuilding costs remaining after FEMA and insurance payments. Homeowners may choose from a list of model homes and the money will be paid directly to the contractor doing the rebuilding work.
- Must a homeowner use one of the model homes if this does not fit with the character of the neighborhood? While there is a limit to how much individualized designing can be done, every effort will be made to maintain the character of the neighborhood.
- Will people be able to be reimbursed for financial hardships they have already incurred in rebuilding? No, in this allocation the money will go toward meeting the unmet needs of those who have been financially unable to rebuild.
(See document below for more questions and answers with the Mayor’s office).
Terry: How have our elected officials been involved in the creation of this plan? How have our elected officials been communicating with the public in this regard?
**We decided to host a community conversation on CDBG-DR plan A to inform the public of the plan and to encourage them to submit a comment before the April 4th deadline.
- Goldi, Tom, Dennis, Justin, Derek, and Karen volunteered to plan this event.
**The ‘legal, policy and advocacy’ committee will draft a comment on the CDBG-DR plan on behalf of the LTRO. Committee chairs are encouraged to send Paula Segal their suggestions. The rough draft of our comment will be discussed, edited, and voted on at our next meeting and submitted Wed evening before the Thursday deadline.
- No committee break-outs. We used the remainder of our meeting for general networking.
- Next Meeting Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 3rd 12:00-2:00pm at the Unitarian Church at 312 Filmore St.