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FEMA announced December 13 that Financial Disaster Aid is Available for U.S. Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals and Qualified Aliens. Please see their press release for more information. EmPower is an assistance program for certain New York State (NYS) residents; we have posted their application and their letter on the Diocesan Website.
NYS has given EmPower NY extra funding to expand our work scope for eligible homeowners who experienced flooding during Sandy. NYSERDA has not yet released the details on exact measures, but the goal is to fill the holes in the relief net in regards to measures related to heat and electric and hot water efficiency.
EmPower NY is a free NYSERDA energy efficiency program for New Yorkers whose income is at or under 60% state median (aka the HEAP guidelines). EmPower NY helps with free measures to improve electric, oil, gas, and propane efficiency. For more information and application form click on the links in the right sidebar.
“Regular” EmPower is still up and running for homeowners and renters who meet the income guidelines.
Trained auditors are already to assessing homes to determine applicable measures. Participants could either complete the application and mail or email it to Syracuse (address below) OR simply call 1-800-263-0960 to request a Storm Relief application.
Mid Hudson Region:
Val Stelcen, 917 617-2079 (cell) 845 338-1086 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Chuck Howell 718 873-6028 (cell) email@example.com
The Rev. Alon White.914 525-5924 (cell); 845 358-1297 (office); firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev'd Stephen Harding, Diocesan Disaster Response Coordinator, 917 301 0267 (cell) email@example.com
The Board of Episcopal Charities has approved an initial $50,000 to make grants to outreach programs in the Diocese of New York for Sandy-related costs.
This funding is for established outreach programs of parishes within the Diocese of New York (whether or not they are currently funded by Episcopal Charities), and grants will cover any storm-related losses for outreach programs, as well as any increased demand for services that may be attributed to the effects of the storm (including, but not limited to, extra food costs, costs for supplies to be given away, etc.). An expedited funding process will assure that applications will be processed quickly (within a week of receipt). Funding for start-up or emergency programs may be fundable through Episcopal Relief and Development.
To apply for a grant, programs should contact Episcopal Charities' Director of Programs, The Rev. Sam Smith at 212-316-7426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.