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We are happy to report donations like yours have helped us assist over 10,000 less fortunate residents last year. Our team of volunteers do the best they can with every dollar or in-kind donation of products we receive. Over the last year, we provided many forms of assistance to residents. WCNY catered cooked food for 800 people. We distributed non-perishable food for 500; clothing for 1,500; winter jackets for 800; prom dresses and accessories for 600, used bicycles for 400; and new toys for 4,500.

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News and Developments for Communities

Zika Virus Preparedness
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). To date, Zika has not been spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. However, lab tests have confirmed Zika virus in travelers returning to the United States. These travelers have gotten the virus from mosquito bites and a few through sex. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase. CDC is not able to predict how much Zika virus would spread in the continental United States. Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can become infected with and spread Zika virus. However, recent outbreaks in the continental United States of chikungunya and dengue, which are spread by the same type of mosquito, have been relatively small and limited to a small area.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable & NYC Unmet Needs Fund
The Unmet Needs Roundtables convene donors, long-term recovery groups and case management agencies to financially assist impacted families with unmet needs beyond those met by all other current programs. Through the advocacy of a case manager, the Roundtables (which are centrally managed and meet in each borough) provide emergency cash assistance, recovery grants, loans and discounted/tax-free building supplies to eligible survivor households. Assistance is targeted to ensure and sustain survivors' long-term recovery. For more information, contact info@nydis.org.

Visit UnmetNeedsRoundtable.org

Download the Roundtable Brochure

Download the Roundtable Outreach Flyer for Clients (English)

Download the Roundtable Outreach Flyer for Clients (Spanish)

Assistance & Statistics Reports

2015 Annual Report

Inception-to-Date Report as of 3.31.16

NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program (VGHP): Form-Sets
NYDIS supports and coordinates out-of-state volunteer groups seeking housing and Sandy rebuild organizations for them to volunteer with during their stay.

To secure housing or find a place to volunteer, call 212-669-6100 or
email the VGHP

A comprehensive culturally and religiously competent form-set to assist potential host sites in housing rebuild volunteers in support of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts includes two handbooks for host sites and volunteer groups and exhaustively covers a wide range of resources for organizations involved in volunteer housing rebuild. View or download the
VGHP Form Set for Host Sites & Volunteer Groups.

NYC Public Health Emergency Faith-based Sector Needs Assessment Survey
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH) has contracted New York Disaster Interfaith Service's (NYDIS) to help assess and improve the New York City Faith-based Sector's disaster and public health emergency readiness. Please participate by taking the survey below. The results will allow DOHMH to better understand the capabilities and needs of NYC congregations, religious bodies/networks and faith-based non-profits.

Please Take the Survey in English or Español
Deadline - May 6, 2016

NYDIS will report on those findings and make recommendations on how to build and sustain the sector's capabilities and resilience. The project is taking place under the direction of the DOHMH Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR).

Any faith-based organizations wishing to host a focus group to document the specific capabilities

NYDIS Continues Work on NYC Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force
Since January 2016 the task force has been working with staff from the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency and a research team from Columbia University to document the impact of Sandy on NYC Non-profits and Houses of Worship and to make recommendations on preparedness and resilience strategies and policy in support of whole-community resilience.  A report will be issued in June. Peter B. Gudaitis, NYDIS' Chief Response Officer, was appointed to the New York City Hurricane Sandy Charitable Organization and House of Worship Recovery Task Force by NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

National Flood Mitigation Resource List
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Resource List contains links to important information for property owners, notifications on Increased Cost of Compliance, FEMA flood hazard data, outlines of Community Rating System qualifications, and other details. The full resource list can be found here.

Counseling Support for Build it Back Applicants
Build it Back offers counseling referrals to eligible applicants who may need additional assistance moving their application forward. The Build it Back Counseling Partners are experts in housing, financial and legal issues with experience working in affected communities. They can work with clients one-on-one to resolve tough challenges related to their applications. Counseling is provided at no cost to individuals who are eligible and registered. Find out more here.

Free Mental Health Services for Children and Teens in Sandy-Affected Areas
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) offers free mental health services available for children and adolescents living in the Rockaways, South Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Mental health evaluation and treatment will be provided at no cost through the NYC Child and Adolescent Resiliency Enhancement Services (NYC CARES) program. The NYC CARES program is available at Coney Island Hospital, St. John's Episcopal Hospital for residents of the Rockaways and at the Staten Island Mental Health Society for Staten Island residents. To learn more, call 311 or click here.

Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Changes
NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers resources on flood risk, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map updates, and flood insurance purchase requirements here. NYC residents can also learn about their flood risk at  floodhelpny.org, a project of the Association of NYC Neighborhoods.

Disaster Assistance Resource
FEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) has set up a website (DisasterAssistance.gov) to help survivors navigate the disaster recovery process. DAIP helps survivors by shortening the time required to apply for assistance and reducing the number of forms that need to be completed. Survivors can also upload documents, check the status of their application, and access information and resources, all through the website.

What NYC Would Look Like If Sea Levels Rose Just 20 Feet
The Surging Seas map created by Climate Central renders what would occur if global temperatures rose by approximately two degrees, which would raise the sea levels by about twenty feet. Bjarke Ingels, the famed architect slated with the job of designing the World Trade Center's final skyscraper, has a project in the works that will protect the "Dry Line, " a ten-mile area in lower Manhattan, which include reconfiguring park spaces and installing deployable walls. A lot of organizations are also at work through the Rebuild by Design competition put on by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York City's Vision 2020 plan, and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. These plans will take into account new waterfront-edge design guidelines, formulated to protect Manhattan from rising sea levels in the decades to come. Read
more here.