Gov. Hochul unveils fund to help undocumented residents get Ida relief

Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new $27 million relief fund to help so-called excluded New Yorkers - immigrants who were impacted by the remnants of Ida, but don't qualify for federal assistance from FEMA.

News 12 Staff

Sep 27, 2021, 9:45 PM

Updated 1,022 days ago

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Some financial relief is on the way for many who have felt left behind in the aftermath of Ida.
Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new $27 million relief fund to help so-called excluded New Yorkers - immigrants who were impacted by the remnants of Ida, but don't qualify for federal assistance from FEMA.
"These people are looking to us in government to help them rebuild their lives, and we're going to have to say, ‘Sorry you don't qualify?’ No," said Hochul.
Carola Bracco runs the Mount Kisco-based nonprofit Neighbors Link, which helps integrate new immigrant families into the community. The organization is one of several tapped by the state to distribute the funds.
"We've been hearing from families throughout the county, who are really frightened and don't really know where to go, where to turn. And so these funds are going to make a big difference," says Bracco.
Officials at Neighbors Link acknowledge undocumented immigrants, many of whom live in Port Chester, are often afraid to come forward for this type of support. They say that's why their thankful an organization like there's is involved in the program.
The application process starts Monday and is expected to last for 60 days.
Gov. Hochul says the $27 million Ida relief fund for "excluded" New Yorkers will be paid for jointly by the state and the city of New York.


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