NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants

NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants

10/30/2017

NYC Evacuee Service Center update
The NYC Evacuee Service Center opened on October 19 and has seen between 50 and 75 families daily. At any one time there may be as many as several hundred people in the small meeting area. While there have been a few families from Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Caribbean, the high majority are from Puerto Rico. The Center is located at 
the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 and 106 streets in Manhattan.

There are a number of assistance providers present including the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Veteran Services, etc..  People begin with an intake and then move from table to table based on their need and eligibility. At the end they go to the NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) table for an exit interview and to fill out an “unmet needs” form. The whole process takes about 2 hours. The forms are then reviewed with NYCEM (New York City Emergency Management) and an assistance plan developed. Most requests are for housing, clothing, food, and medical assistance. Sometimes, specific gift cards for clothing, medications, or travel, are given out immediately. It remains that this will be a long process of recovery for many.
 
NYDIS is looking for persons (ideally bi-lingual but not required) to help at their table with exit interviews and administrative work. They are also in need of $100 gift cards. If you can assist please contact me (tvencuss@nyac.com) or complete the form found at fill out  https://goo.gl/xAD5CJ (flyer embedded and attached). The NYAC will be working with NYDIS in this effort. 

Files: mayor-de-blasio-announces-nyc-service-center-to-support-individuals.pdf

NYAC Evacuee Support
In discussion with the Bishop we have asked our churches and pastors to help identify the following: 

  • Open parsonages, churches, or other NYAC facilities which could receive and shelter persons immediately. Financial assistance may be available to churches willing to serve in this capacity to assist with increased bills they may experience.  
  • Parsonages, churches, or other NYAC facilities which could receive and shelter persons contingent upon upgrades (retrofitting or adding baths, showers, ADA compliance, etc.)
  • Families who would be able/willing to provide temporary housing in their own home
  • Families who would be able/willing to provide temporary housing in their own home with some support
  • Persons to serve at the Service Center to assist with exit interviews, administrative support, and provide Emotional and Spiritual Care, etc.
  • Churches willing to serve as collection sites for specified items (only those requested by Service Centers and other providers)

 
Several individuals and one church have come forward indicating an ability to temporarily house persons.
Please contact Tom Vencuss (tvencuss@nyac.com) for additional information.