In the two years since Hurricane Sandy, Met Council has been able to access $6 million in funds, replacement furniture and appliances and services to victims of the storm. Since day one, Met Council has been a leader in Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery efforts. With our 40 year history of helping people in crisis find immediate relief and long-term self-sufficiency with a comprehensive range of services, we were well equipped to immediately assist more than 2,000 new clients with disaster relief and more than 6,500 with ongoing needs.
To best assist the remaining needs of Hurricane survivors, Met Council deployed FEMA funded Disaster Case Managers to the Rockaways and Coney Island.
In the past year, the Disaster Case Managers (DCMs) have leveraged well over $3 million from available resources and grants. These providers include: the NYDIS Unmet Needs Roundtable, Red Cross’ Move in Assistance Progra, The Salvation Army’s now closed Bed Program and Holiday programs, and Brooklyn Community Services. DCMs have accessed home repairs for clients through Friends of Rockaway, LISC, Habitat for Humanity, UMCOR, Mennonite Disaster Services, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and New York City’s Federally funded Build It Back program. DCMs have also secured legal services for clients through NYLAG, and other agencies active in storm relief.
Within the first year following the storm, Met Council disseminated more than $3,000,000 among Sandy victims, which was generously provided directly by private donors and foundations, including: UJA-Federation of New York, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Claims Conference, Coney Recovers and Century 21.
If you are someone you know is still in need of help, please contact us at 917-281-6721.