Sandy 1 Year Later – Community Solutions in Recovery and Rebuilding Still Going Strong

Today marks the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  On October 29, 2012, Sandy blasted New York City with a record storm surge as high as 13 feet, as well as the Jersey Shore and New England, ultimately killing 159 people along the East Coast and damaging more than 650,000 homes. The storm caused $70 billion … Read moreSandy 1 Year Later – Community Solutions in Recovery and Rebuilding Still Going Strong

Still Trying to Figure Out Disaster Assistance and Benefits? Apply for a Disaster Case Manager to Help You!

For families and individuals affected by Sandy, the complex maze of benefits, loan applications, insurance paperwork, home repair or rebuild plans, etc., is overwhelming!  If you find yourself struggling to keep up with all the paperwork and pending deadlines for benefits – contact the New York Disaster Interfaith Services and request a free Disaster Case … Read moreStill Trying to Figure Out Disaster Assistance and Benefits? Apply for a Disaster Case Manager to Help You!

New Housing Repair Assistance for Homeowners Affected by Sandy

Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State’s Housing Recovery Program will fully compensate homeowners affected by Sandy, Irene and Lee for repair costs of damage due to earth movement not currently covered in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information about this and other assistance available from the state, call 1-855-697-7263 or visit … Read moreNew Housing Repair Assistance for Homeowners Affected by Sandy

In the market for a new car? Be aware – Scammers still selling Hurricane Sandy-damaged cars

Its been a year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged communities throughout New York and scammers are still trying to profit by the large numbers of water-damaged cars that were left in the debris. The Federal Trade Commission warned reports that more than 250,000 cars were left badly damaged after Sandy.  Out of this number, 212,000 of … Read moreIn the market for a new car? Be aware – Scammers still selling Hurricane Sandy-damaged cars

Sandy Recovery: Resources and Info for New Yorkers

Lea en Español This guide provides answers and information on resources for the most-commonly asked questions and issues coming up during the Sandy recovery process. FEMA Appeals and other Disaster Assistance Sandy Fraud Sandy Insurance Issues Sandy Legal Aid in NYC Housing Issues Tax Issues Assistance for Small Businesses and Community Groups Health Issues Hotlines … Read moreSandy Recovery: Resources and Info for New Yorkers

Domestic Violence on the Rise: New Legal Protections at Work for Victims of Domestic Violence May be Coming

A real concern in New York State is domestic violence. New data shows an increase in domestic violence in New York.  The Division of Criminal Justice Services reported 54,848 domestic violence victims outside New York City, a 3% increase from 2011. The New York Police Department indicated an increase of 1,500 domestic violence victims from … Read moreDomestic Violence on the Rise: New Legal Protections at Work for Victims of Domestic Violence May be Coming

NY Sandy Victims Still Have to Watch Out for Contractor and Mortgage Scams

Sandy ravaged New York a year ago.  Yet, as families still struggle to put their lives together, there are scam artists preying on their frustration and desperation with getting repairs, struggling to keep their homes, or dealing with state and federal agencies.  Reports have found that scam artists posing as contractors or foreclosure “rescue” specialists … Read moreNY Sandy Victims Still Have to Watch Out for Contractor and Mortgage Scams

Are you an immigrant in NYC stuck in a dead-end job? New government loan program can help!

The Immigrant Bridge Loan Fund recently started in NYC is a first-of-its-kind pilot loan program aimed at boosting the earning potential of the city’s immigrant population.  This program will provide interested and  high-skill immigrants with $1,000 to $10,000 loans to support their transition to higher paying jobs. Loans will be interest only in the first year, … Read moreAre you an immigrant in NYC stuck in a dead-end job? New government loan program can help!

Beware of Mortgage Rescue Scams!

Many people, desperate to save their homes, are being victimized by foreclosure rescue companies. Many of these companies promise to negotiate with mortgage banks for lower rates, get payment forgiveness and other benefits in exchange for illegal upfront fees —promises they won’t or can’t actually fulfill. As a result, consumers may find themselves further in … Read moreBeware of Mortgage Rescue Scams!

Have you registered for the New York STAR Registration Program? 8 Facts to Get You Started!

The New York STAR exemption is the tax property tax break available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  This year there’s been some changes to the STAR program and you must act soon in order to not lose your exemptions! These 8 facts … Read moreHave you registered for the New York STAR Registration Program? 8 Facts to Get You Started!