NEWS RELEASE — LTRO NAMED “ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR” BY NYDIS

                                                                 MEDIA RELEASE

                      S.I. Long-Term Recovery Organization Named “Advocate of the Year” by NYDIS

Contact: Christine Albano

Media Relations, Long-Term Recovery Organization

Albano728@aol.com or 718-877-6569

For immediate release – Jan. 14, 2014 – For its ongoing recovery efforts and assistance to Super Storm Sandy victims, the Staten Island Long-Term Recovery Organization will receive the “Advocate of the Year Award” from the New York Disaster Interfaith Services [NYDIS] at its annual meeting and Partnership Awards ceremony in Manhattan on Jan. 15.

The grassroots organization – a collaboration of non-profit organizations, faith communities, and volunteer groups — was formed in the weeks after Super Storm Sandy devastated Staten Island and its residents.

It continues to provide assistance through donations, resources, and support in the areas of rebuilding and mold remediation; needs assessment; clothing and food; policy, advocacy, legal, and housing services; disaster case management; finance, mission, and structure; health, mental health, and spiritual care; immigrant services; disaster preparedness, volunteer coordination, donations management; government relations, and civic leadership.

Besides its ongoing hands-on volunteer and relief efforts in the storm-affected communities over the last two years, the LTRO has also been instrumental in advocating for more resources and programs for residents in the borough, including increased benefits through the city’s temporary relocation program, grants for repairs, and an extension of rental assistance benefits through the Temporary Disaster Assistance Program.

Its recent September testimony to the City Council requesting these and other recommendations were included in the Build it Back Proposed Action Plan Amendment 8 announced in December. (See links below).

The amendments reflect Mayor de Blasio’s planned overhaul of the Build it Back initiative, which also includes locking in funds to serve all applicants, providing temporary relocation assistance, expanding workforce development for Sandy-impacted New Yorkers.

The new programs and investments are part of the City’s proposed amendments to the $4.21 billion in federal disaster aid it has been allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.

The key note speaker at the NYDIS awards ceremony will be the Rev. David Myers, director of the Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA.

Other special guests include the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the organization’s Member of the Year, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the Partner of the Year.

NYDIS was incorporated in 2003 as a 501(c) (3) faith-based federation of service providers and charitable organizations who work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City.

It has proven to be an innovative model for an interfaith long-term recovery organization, and addresses all phases of the disaster life cycle with mitigation education, preparedness training, planning, recovery, and advocacy programs.

It builds the capacity and strengthens the resources of faith-based agencies providing secular disaster human services, and also coordinates the disaster services of faith-based and other organizations.

NYDIS and its members seek to mitigate human suffering caused by catastrophes and serve the most vulnerable and under-resourced households and communities affected by disaster.

Link to the LTRO’s September testimony:

file:///C:/Users/CHRISTINE/Downloads/Testimony_on_Build_it_Back_for_City_Council_Com_on_Recovery_and_Resiliency_9.18.14_.pdf

Link to the Action Plan Amendments:

file:///C:/Users/CHRISTINE/Downloads/Action-Plan-Amendment-8-Document-for-Public-Comment-12.18.14-[English_redline].pdf

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