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Resources and Information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy — CSC Open

Fri 11/16:

If you lost food due to the power outage, do you receive Food Stamps?

No:
There is no money available for you. Con Ed will not reimburse you for a “Residential Claim for Food and Medicine Spoilage” Form as that form states,”Claims for reimbursement for losses sustained as of result of power outages caused by storms or other conditions beyond our control will not be paid.” Our local politicians and Con Ed have verified this. Other forms of assistance may be available from FEMA (such as for lost wages or house damage), see if you qualify here.

Yes:
Your account will be credited for 50% more this month. and you may be able to have your lost food reimbursed. For more details, “New Yorkers Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Affected by Hurricane Sandy” section on HRA’s website.

Mon 11/5/12

Dear friends and neighbors:

The Cooper Square Committee is open today after being closed all of last week.   Most of our staff worked remotely last week relaying information about resources available to people locally, and one of our staff members who lives locally checked in on some of the more vulnerable members in our community.  Many of our members volunteered, and helped deliver non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries to people in need last week.  The building captains of the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association coordinated their efforts to check in on residents, particularly the elderly and disabled.  We’re very proud of the efforts of people in our community who came together to help each other out during this difficult time.

Our thanks to Con Edison for getting power restored on Friday to our community.  We hope that power is restored soon to people in other affected areas.   Thanks also to FEMA, city workers, the Red Cross and Occupy Sandy Relief NYC who have worked hard to assist local residents in meeting their basic needs.

There are still many buildings near Avenue D that were flooded, and don’t yet have power.  Residents who were not evacuated still need help until their buildings’ power is restored.

Our colleagues at Community Access manage housing which has sustained damage, and they could use monetary donations, click here. If you would like to help, here’s information about what you can do.

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) is accepting donations and volunteers at their office at 169 Avenue B from Noon to 7 pm today and the rest of this week until power is restored in the remaining buildings that had flood damaged basements.  If you can bring non-perishable food, water, and blankets, it would be greatly appreciated.  If you can spare an hour to help deliver supplies to people in some buildings that still don’t have power, that would be awesome.

For more info, you can go to www.coopersquare.org, or follow COOPER SQUARE COMMITTEE  as GOLES LES, and OCCUPY SANDY RELIEF NYC on Facebook.  To get updates from the Mayor’s Office, the Governor’s Office and local elected officials and other new regarding Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, you can go to these links.

Mayor’s Office: http://www.nyc.gov/html/index.html

Governor Cuomo’s office: www.governor.ny.gov

Senator Squadron’s Office: http://www.nysenate.gov/blogs/2012/oct/30/sandys-aftermath-what-expect

For updates re: the Lower East Side, visit http://www.thelodownny.com

If you live in the LES, need assistance, and are not able to find it through the above links, call us at 212-228-8210 or email us at csc@coopersquare.org.