OPEN DISCUSSION: The next BLTRG meeting (8/5, 6:30p,-8pm)will be an open discussion/listening session regarding small business recovery in Brooklyn. Vadim Shiglik, from Empower Sheepshead will open the discussion. This recent editorial describes some of the concerns facing small business owners as they recover from Sandy. NYC Sandy recovery business information can be found here.
Congrats to rebuild member Rebuilding Together NYC (RTNYC) for another Brooklyn solar lighting installation. On July 26th RTNYC held a Light it Up program in Gerritsen Beach,and installed 45 security lights with the help of volunteers from Bike & Build. Local and national teamwork gets families into safe housing.
People’s Climate March
Click here for the dedicated page for Sandy-affected NYC on the People’s Climate March (9/21/14) website.
Free legal services are available to qualified Sandy residents. Check this calendar link for clinics near you.
BUILD IT BACK
The Brooklyn Build it Back site is in Coney Island. Call for 646 237-5925 for an appointment Tuesday-Thursday. Many city council members are also hosting hours in their district offices. A press conference was recently held in Canarsie, cataloguing the recent progress including reimbursements (now at 500) and construction starts. Video link of the conference is also available at the link above. Build it Back’s construction progress is also now available on tumblr.
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS- NO CHARGE ALL NYC
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. For more infomation about the program, contact Melany Avrut, MA, Ed.M at 212-614-6349 or via email. 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. NYC Department of Health at Coney Island Hospital, Jeffrey Mathias, email: email@example.com
CASE MANAGEMENT AND HOUSING COUNSELING
Referrals to DCMP for case management can be made to (855) 258-0483. Call CNYCN (646)786-0888 or 311 for free housing counseling for homeowners facing difficulties with mortgage payments.
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