Village of Pelham Manor Weather Hub
& Storm Recovery Information Center
Welcome to the Village of Pelham Manor Storm Recovery Resource Hub & Information Page. Here you will find a compilation of resources and information to help in your post-storm relief and cleanup efforts. We will provide important updates for residents (as it becomes available), so check back regularly. As always, if you have any questions, please call us at Village Hall at 914-738-8820, Monday thru Friday, 830am to 430pm. Additionally you can contact the Mayor & Trustees by clicking here.
Quick Links to the Information Below
|1. FEMA Relief Resources & Updates||2. Town of Pelham Post-Ida Storm Relief Resources & Support||3.Pelham Manor Post-Ida Storm Cleanup Updates|
Westchester/Pelham has been declared a Major Disaster Declaration area as a result of Hurricane Ida. This will help provide for federal financial relief for local governments and New Yorkers and deliver individual and public assistance for eligible New Yorkers recovering from the flooding damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
The following are federal and FEMA resources available to the public. If you have any questions regarding the FEMA process or federal assistance, you can email Congressman Bowman’s office at [email protected] or call the Westchester District Office at (914) 371-9220. As always, you can call Pelham Manor Village Hall at 914-738-8820 and we will do our best to assist you. Pelham Manor will continue to work collaboratively with our County, State & Federal counterparts to get residents all disaster relief information and resources as they become available.
Click here for the link to the FEMA individual assistance program website.
Quick FEMA Documents (click on the links in the table below)
|FEMA Fact Sheet||FEMA Brochure|
|FEMA Public Assistance Fact Sheet|
The Village of Pelham Manor received several important updates and documents on Friday night, Sept. 24th, 2021, regarding FEMA assistance.
The critical information includes (click below for each document):
- A New York State Recovery Update Letter – including helpful information about FEMA disaster assistance requests (click here)
- FEMA Determination Letter Guidance – provides details on eligibility notifications and how to appeal a denial letter (click here) | (en español aquí)
- Guidance on Mitigation to Reduce Potential Damage in Future Storm (click here) | (en español aquí)
- A Notice on How to Identify FEMA Scams (click here)
- How to Speedup Disaster Assistance (click here)
FEMA has also provided us some of these documents in Spanish - click above where applicable. If you have any questions regarding FEMA or Federally available assistance reach out to Congressman Bowman’s office at [email protected].
As a reminder, If you need assistance as a result of the storm or would like to volunteer to assist those affected, please click here. Pelham Together is coordinating assistance and requests for assistance on their website in coordination with several Pelham based non-profit organizations. If there is a form of assistance not listed above, you can let the non-profits know as well, and they will try to assist, or connect you with other resources that can.
If you have any neighbor(s) who do not have access to our various channels we use to communicate, please pass this information on to them, or let us know, or have them call us at Village Hall at 914-738-8820, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and someone will answer the phone. We’re here to help.
Update as of 9/21/21: SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Westchester County
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) at the New York Power Authority building in White Plains, New York to provide one-on-one assistance to businesses and residents in submitting a disaster loan application for the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit us on Sept. 1-3, 2021.
Businesses, homeowners, renters and private nonprofit organizations in the Westchester are eligible to apply for physical disaster loans and for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.
The BRC’s address and operating hours are:
SBA Business Recovery Center
New York Power Authority Building, 123 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Opened Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until further notice, closed Saturday and Sunday
Customer Service Representatives will be available at the BRC to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners, homeowners and renters in completing their applications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has established protocols to help protect the health and safety of the public. All visitors to the BRC are encouraged to wear a face mask.
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/, and should apply under SBA declaration # 17147, not for the COVID-19 incident.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or emailing [email protected]. Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 4, 2021. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 6, 2022.
Please forward this E-News to family and friends who may be interested in this information.
FEMA Information as of Sept. 10th 2021:
**FEMA Webinar for the Public**: FEMA will be hosting a Webinar on Sept. 14th, 2021 at 6pm EST for anyone who would like to attend. Click this link to register so that they may email you the link (https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0GaXjEyrQ56SCKgnWbz2OQ)
Link to join the Webinar on Sept. 14th, 2021 @ 6pm
|Dial-in Number: +1 646 558 8656 / Webinar ID: 815 7819 4897 / Passcode: 764378|
You do not need to attend the webinar to apply for assistance. To apply, you can visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired). Si necesita ayuda en español, visita https://www.fema.gov/es. You can also download the FEMA app to submit your application for disaster assistance. To submit a question for this event, email: [email protected].
The following Disaster Recovery Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice:
Medgar Evers College - 231 Crown Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Hostos Community College - 450 Grand Concourse, E. Building C, Bronx, NY 10451
College of Staten Island, Gymnasium Building R1 - 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314.
Grinton I. Will Library - 1500 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710
Mamaroneck Village Court Clerk - 169 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Queens College, Student Union - 152-45 Melbourne Ave, Flushing, NY 11367
The locations in Yonkers, Mamaroneck and Staten Island will operate in mobile centers before moving into their fixed locations. Additional DRC sites will be announced later.
Additionally, you can visit Congressman Bowman's website for additional resources: https://bowman.house.gov/hurricane-ida-resources.
FEMA Information as of Sept. 8th 2021:
**The full Policy Guide for the Individual Assistance Program can be found here. It has in-depth information on each of the programs. Below are high-level summaries of each program. In cases where constituents are seeking further questions, please first refer to the policy guide. If that guide does not include answers, our office can submit an inquiry to FEMA.**
Individuals and Households Program (IHP):
Provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses. The below is from the FEMA website:
Applicant must be a US Citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien
FEMA must be able to verify the applicant's identity
The applicant's insurance, or other forms of disaster assistance received, cannot meet their disaster-caused needs.
The applicant’s necessary expenses are directly caused by a declared disaster (note: Westchester and Bronx Counties are within the declared disaster region)
Financial Housing Assistance Provisions:
Rental Assistance: For renting alternate housing accommodations while an applicant is displaced from their disaster-damaged primary residence. This resource is not subject to a maximum award limitation
Lodging expense reimbursement: Reimbursement for hotels, motels, or other short-term lodging while displaced from their disaster-damaged primary residence
Home Repair Assistance: To help repair an owner-occupied disaster-damaged primary residence, utilities, and residential structure. This includes repairs to driveways and roads on private owner-occupied property. This can include repairs necessary under the American with Disabilities Act.
Replacement Assistance: To help homeowners replace an owner-occupied primary residence when residence is destroyed by disaster
Direct Housing Assistance: In cases where there are not available housing resources, FEMA also offers Direct Housing Assistance, which includes:
Multi-family lease and repair: Allows FEMA to enter lease agreements with owners of multi-family rental properties in disaster areas and make repairs to provide temporary housing
Transportable Temporary Housing Units: FEMA can purchase or lease an RV or manufactured home to eligible applicants for use as temporary housing
Direct Lease: FEMA can provide existing ready-for-occupancy residential properties
Permanent Housing Construction: Home repair and/or construction services in cases where other types of typical FEMA housing assistance isn’t available.
Frequently Asked Questions about IHP:
Will this impact other federal benefits I can receive? No. IHP is NOT considered income or a resource when determining eligibility for federal government programs (e.g. Social Security, SNAP). IHP is also exempt from garnishment or seizure
If I have insurance, am I still eligible for IHP? This program is intended for those who are underinsured or uninsured. To be eligible, the applicant’s insurance or other forms of disaster assistance received, cannot meet their disaster-caused needs.
Other Needs Assistance Provision:
Small Business Administration provides long-term loans to help eligible applicants with transportation losses, moving and storage expenses, as well as repair/replacement funds for real and personal property damage. Only applicants who do not qualify for a loan from the SBA, or who were approved for a partial loan that does not cover the full need, can be eligible.
Personal Property Assistance: to repair/replace essential household items (includes furnishings and appliances)
Transportation Assistance: to repair/replace eligible vehicle damaged by a disaster and other transportation-related costs
Moving/Storage Assistance: To relocate and store personal essential household goods
Other types of ONA offered outside of the Small Business Administration
Funeral Assistance: To assist with funeral costs directly or indirectly related to a declared emergency or major disaster.
Medical and Dental Assistance: To assist with medical or dental expenses caused by a disaster.
Child Care Assistance: One-time payment up to 8 cumulative weeks of child care expenses for a household’s increased financial burden to care for children aged 13 and under and/or children up to age 21 with a disability
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
Eligibility: Generally available to unemployed workers or self-employed individuals who lived, worked, or was scheduled to work in the disaster area at the time of the disaster; and due to the disaster:
no longer has a job or a place to work; or
cannot reach the place of work; or
cannot work due to damage to the place of work; or
cannot work because of an injury caused by the disaster.
DUA benefits are available only for weeks of unemployment within the Disaster Assistance Period (DAP). The DAP begins with the first day of the week following the date the major disaster began and continues for up to 26 weeks after the date the disaster was declared by the President.
The maximum weekly benefit amount payable is determined under the provisions of the state law for unemployment compensation in NYS. However, the minimum weekly benefit amount payable is half (50%) of the average benefit amount in the state.
How to apply
Disaster Legal Services: Provides free legal help to low-income disaster survivors. If you're not able to get adequate legal services for your disaster-related needs, DLS may be able to help.
Eligibility: Low-income household who was directly impacted by the disaster.
Disaster legal services can help with:
Insurance claims for medical bills, loss of property, and loss of life
New wills, powers of attorney, and other legal papers lost during the disaster
Home repair contracts and contractors
Issues with landlords related to the disaster
Proof of home ownership
There are two relevant provisions under the Individual Assistance Program that support individuals and households, but that state/local governments apply to (rather than individuals and households themselves). They are:
Disaster Case Management: DCM is a time-limited partnership between a case manager and a disaster survivor to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan. This partnership provides the client with a single person to facilitate access to a broad range of resources.
Services are provided at no cost and are available to any survivor that has been impacted by the disaster, regardless of eligibility for FEMA IHP or other Federal assistance. Individuals and Households do not need to be registered with FEMA to receive Federal Disaster Case Management assistance.
Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program: Funds mental health assistance and training activities in areas that have received a Presidential major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance upon request by a state, tribal or territorial government. Crisis counseling seeks to help survivors understand that they are experiencing common reactions to extraordinary occurrences.
Services can include individual or group crisis counseling; assessment, referral and resource linkage; development and distribution of education materials; and media and public service announcements
How can constituents access FEMA assistance?
Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Constituents may call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired) for assistance.
Si necesita ayuda en español, visita https://www.fema.gov/es
Supporting constituents who speak different languages:
FEMA has brochures about “how to get help after a disaster” in 27 different languages, all located here: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual/brochure
Assistance for School Districts:
All prospective applicants must complete the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) FEMA Form 009-0-49. A private non-profit (PNP) entity must provide, in addition to the RPA, the following information: PNP Facility Questionnaire (FEMA Form 90-121) A current ruling letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; OR documentation from the State substantiating it is a non-revenue producing, non-profit entity organized or doing business under State law; If the applicant owns the facility, proof of ownership; if the applicant leases the facility, proof of legal responsibility to repair the incident-related damage; List of services provided in the facility and when and to whom.
Assistance for House of Worships:
Houses of worship may eligible under the Public Assistance Program. See attached fact sheet on Public Assistance, Houses of Worship - PDF attached below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Has FEMA determined what type of on-the-ground support they will have to help individuals apply for assistance, and where these centers of support would be located?
FEMA is work with our state and local partners to identify locations for disaster recovery centers. These could come in the form of mobile, fixed, or virtual. In the interim, we are working with NYCEM about posting Disaster Survivor Assistance personnel at each of the City’s Service Centers who will be able to register survivors with FEMA.
2. Are undocumented individuals eligible for all Individual Assistance programs? If not, where can I find information about which programs undocumented individuals are eligible for? I know at the briefing you mentioned following up with offices individually on this. We would love to receive any information you have available regarding this issue.
During the disaster assistance registration process, applicants self-certify their citizenship status and declare, under penalty of perjury, they are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. Only those three citizenship statuses may be eligible for IHP assistance. If the applicant does not match one of those three citizenship statuses, the household may still apply and be considered for IHP assistance if:
Another adult household member meets the citizenship criteria, certifies their citizenship status, and is included as the co-applicant on the application; or
The parent or guardian of a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien applies for assistance on behalf of the child, as long as they live in the same household and parent or guardian is at least 18 years of age. In these instances, the child should be registered as the applicant and their parent or guardian listed as the co-applicant.
Regardless of citizenship status, disaster survivors may be eligible for Mass Care and Emergency Assistance, such as search and rescue, medical care, shelter, food and water, and reducing threats to life, property, and public health or safety.
3. Are there any guidelines you can share with our office for how to best support residents in our district preparing to apply for Individual Assistance if it becomes available?
Before registering, if residents have insurance, they should file a claim with their respective insurance carriers. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments. We may be able to help with uninsured or underinsured losses.
Once a declaration is approved, homeowners and renters can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA App, or call 1-800-321-3362. Using online registration will be the quickest way to register.
If survivors can safely get into their home, they should document damage using photographs or videos.
If they have flood insurance, they should report losses immediately to their insurance agent or carrier. They should be sure to ask them about advance payments. If they need help finding their insurance agent or carrier, have them call the National Flood Insurance Program at 877-336-2627.
Policyholders with three-year Group Flood Insurance policies can call the NFIP Direct at 800-638-6620. Select the preferred language and then choose option “2.”
Update 9.8.21 - 10AM: Storm Relief Resources & Support for Town of Pelham
In addition to official resources, many of our local nonprofits are organizing support for residents in need. Pelham Together, Junior League of Pelham, Pelham Civic Association, and the Pelham Chamber of Commerce are leading volunteer efforts to pull together resources to help provide assistance for residents who need:
• Heavy lifting (moving furniture, pulling out carpet, etc)
• Light lifting (moving general household goods)
• Specialized work (if you need help from someone with tools)
• Phone calling (if you need someone to stay on the phone for you, or get specific info for you)
• Driving help
• Financial Assistance (from the Pelham Civics Good Neighbor program)
• Borrow a fan and/or dehumidifier
• Food (meal preparation)
• Shopping (groceries, Target runs, Costco, etc.)
If you need assistance as a result of the storm or would like to volunteer to assist those affected, please click here. Pelham Together is coordinating assistance and requests for assistance on their website. If there is a form of assistance not listed above, you can let the non-profits know as well, and they will try to assist, or connect you with other resources that can.
If you have any neighbor(s) who do not have access to our various channels we use to communicate, please let us know or have them call us at Village Hall at 914-738-8820. We’re here to help.
Storm Debris Cleanup for Week of 9/6/21
Storm debris cleanup will continue the entire week (daily) for the entire Village. Normal refuse collection is in place, and then DPW will go out again to all houses for storm debris pickup. All Residents should leave their storm related debris at the curb as soon as possible. DO NOT place construction or demolition materials (sheetrock, lumber, insulation, ect, or materials with freon - AC UNITS or a fridge) at the curb for pickup. Items such as a fridge (if Freon removed) will be picked up at a later date.
**Appliance/Bulk Metal Pickup**
Please note, Friday, September 10th, Pelham Manor DPW will be picking up all appliances and bulk metal from houses in the entire Village. Residents MUST remove FREON from any appliances they want picked up. You can leave the appliances/bulk metal at the curb for pickup.
Village DPW trucks will be going around the entire Village. Please have patience, as the amount of debris will be substantial, and it will take time to get to all households, but we will get to every house that needs it. If you have any questions, please call Pelham Manor Village Hall at 914-738-8820 - during the week 830am to 430pm.
Please pass this critical information on to your neighbors who do not have access to online methods of communications or have them call us Village Hall.
We would like to thank you to all our first responders, including the Police, Fire, DPW and Village Employees
Yours In Service,
Jennifer Monachino Lapey, Mayor
A. Michelle DeLillo, Deputy Mayor
Bridget (Breda) A. Bennett, Trustee
Joseph C. Senerchia, Trustee
Maurice I. Owen-Michaane, Trustee
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