MEETING DATE CHANGE/ELECTION ASSEMBLY
To accommodate changes in various meetings by the DCM (12/2) and CVD (12/4) committees we changed our General Assembly Meeting to Tuesday, December 9th. Information about the January election meeting will be handed out then. If you want to vote at our Election Assembly, please fill out this MOU and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org One vote per organization.
FEMA Recoupment Letters
Tips from our FEMA VAL re: Recoupment Letters. This is the beginning of a conversation with FEMA. See their website or consult with your DCM for more details. If you have any questions about the recoupment process, please contact FEMA’s Recoupment Helpline at 1-800-816-1122 (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or those with speech disabilities) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
Client must: Respond to the Notice of Debt in a timely manner.
Client may: 1. Request the FEMA records pertaining to the recoupment if they are in doubt. 2. Appeal the recoupment if they think it is unwarranted. 3. Request a payment plan, a hardship waiver, or other modification.
Sandy Anniversary Reports
This report from LES Ready and The Urban Justice Project contains findings about Lower East Side Sandy response. There are suggestions that may also apply to Brooklyn, particularly in the areas of communication, interaction with community based organizations, NYCHA community centers and evacuations.
Read ANHD’s Sandy Recovery Report Card, which illuminates several areas of concern shared by our group: the length of time projected for the years it will take for Build It Back to complete its mission, the need for funding of temporary housing for those displaced during BIB repairs, the looming insurance issues for those living in the 100 year flood zone, and the still not quite visible free resources available to survivors. The board, our member organizations, city-wide long term recovery groups and various housing and legal service agencies have been working on understanding and strategizing on these concerns for the last year and a half.
New FEMA Flood Maps and Insurance
Be sure to check out The Center for NYC Neighborhood’s website for changes in the city’s flood maps.
BREAKING: We are thrilled that All Hands Volunteers, through a generous grant from the American Red Cross, will be coming to Brooklyn to assist with voluntary rebuild. NB: there are job openings for skilled construction managers. Please share.
Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
World Cares Center is hosting Project Elf to serve Sandy survivors and their children this holiday season. One of the sites is in Brooklyn at St. Paul’s Church in Coney Island. Click here for more details or to sign up to volunteer.
Holiday Health Mental Health Resources
VNSNY – Disaster Distress Response Program. This program will come to you in your home or community for Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Post Disaster Distress (CBT-PD). For information about VNSNY’s Disaster Distress Response Program, call 1-718-888-6955 – See more at the VNSNY website.
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990, press “1” for Sandy specific counselor OR Text: 66746: “TalkWithUs” or “Hablanos”. You can also check out their website, facebook page or follow them on twitter.
MHA – NYC has a new online comprehensive internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ciCBT) program in English and Spanish. To access iHelp, visit mha.cobaltcbt.com or call 1-866-793-27665. Cognitive behavioral therapy with telephone, text, and chat supports will be made available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week free of charge.
CONEY ISLAND – Two new programs are now active. Coney Island Connections provides case management and mental health services out of 1205 Surf Ave., 2nd floor, contact Laura Joseph, email@example.com. NYC Department of Health at Coney Island Hospital has a youth program, free of charge for those who qualify. Contact Jeffrey Mathias at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A fascinating exhibit is now at MoMA. Uneven Growth studies illegal apartments as an urban coping mechanism for the lack of affordable housing, with New York being one of the featured cities. FastCoDesign highlights the work of Situ Studio (Gowanus) in creating a heat map to log complaint calls to 311 that got forwarded to the Department of Buildings. They acknowledge that though this is “not a comprehensive sample” but “the only real indicators” that appear in public record.
Like the concept of negative space in art, the calls that never happened are the margins in which we work. Most, if not all of the undocumented population in Zone A, are not making those complaints. Nonetheless, the exhibit is notable for its relevance to our Hurricane Sandy work insofar as it describes similar apartment sharing situations seen in our coastal neighborhoods.
On November 14, the Board was notified that Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anthony resigned her board member position because of conflicts with current and future positions with the City of New York. We are grateful for her service as a public leader and behind the scenes during the first year of recovery after Superstorm Sandy.