Emergency relief summary in the
days after of hurricane sandy
Please read the information below from our colleagues at the New York City Arts Coalition, Fourth Arts Block, and the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
FROM NEW YORK CITY ARTS COALITION
This memo is an effort to provide some structure to the options and choices people face at this time. It is by no means complete, and I’m sure that some will find options I have not seen over the past two days. Please circulate to anyone, including small galleries, self-employed artists (or anyone self employed) for whom you feel the information is valuable.
First: Self-employed people are eligible for unemployment insurance in areas where are federal declaration of a disaster has been declared. If in any doubt, apply.
Second: Federal disaster resources will be dependent on your (or your arts group/business) being registered at FEMA. Go to www.disasterassistance.gov This includes money, so do not neglect.
NOTE: for performing arts groups, if you register and are later told you are not eligible, let me know ASAP. The federal legislation that controls eligibility had some limitations after 9/11, which the Chair of NYSCA, Richard Schwartz, was able to work with the Pataki administration to have lifted. I’m sure it can be done for this disaster if needed. NOTE: for individuals, you may want to also go to register athttp://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6245/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY= 6487
This is the site of NYC Communities for Change and they are assisting with tracking and follow up on FEMA, which might be helpful in speeding up the process. Consider this a back up, just in case. They have also offered to help with the process if you need it.
Third: Take pictures and keep records of what you spend on anything.
Fourth: while a complete assessment of the losses in the community will be necessary, it will be most useful if done comprehensively citywide and I am hopeful that DCA will be able to undertake this for everyone once they are completely functioning in their temporary space.
The rest of this memo is divided into a section for arts groups and a section for individuals, although there are some overlaps. I will also continue to try to sort out the range of resources and provide a follow up email with additional information.
Organizations: (There is no information as yet on emergency grants. Will continue to check.)
ArsReady.org -- list of resources, visual arts focused, but worth a quick look https://www.artsready.org/page/useful_links.
For Small Businesses there are links on the SBS website that instruct LDCs and businesses on how they can apply for disaster response funding. See this link: http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/home/home.shtml
Also there some information on the FEMA website related to disaster assistance http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ . On this page, click the link that reads 'New York Hurricane Sandy,' which will take you to another page with more information
Loans: Federal: Small Business Administration; (DisasterLoanSBA.gov) Loans up to $2 million/ 3% interest rates for non-profits; 4% for commercial businesses. (My memory from 9/11 is that you must have registered with FEMA.) City: The city's Department of Small Business Services, which just set up a Sandy recovery website, has $5 million available to loan to small businesses. Amounts per business are capped at $10,000. For more information, call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions, or send in a contact request online. To get a loan, you can also locate one of the NYC Business Solutions Centers listed here:
- 400 E. Fordham Rd., 7th floor, Bronx, N.Y., 10458. Phone: 718-960-7910
- 9 Bond St., 5th floor, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11201. Phone: 347-296-8021
- 79 John St., New York, N.Y., 10038. Phone: 212-618-8914
- 168-25 Jamaica Ave., 2nd floor, Jamaica, N.Y., 11432. Phone: 718-577-2148
- 120 Stuyvesant Place, 3rd floor, Staten Island, N.Y., 10301. Phone: 718-285-8400
- 215 W. 125th St., 6th floor, New York, N.Y., 10027. Phone: 917-493-7243
- 560 W. 181st St., 2nd floor, New York, N.Y., 10033. Phone: 212-928-3400
NOTE: This does not mention non-profits. I could not get a person on the phone, but will be following up to ascertain that it does. If not, please assume that it will shortly.
Dance: Dance/NYC Help them tell your story and help you by writing Lacey Althouse at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the conversation on Twitter @DanceNYC #sandydance.
Theatre: ART/NY www.art-newyork.org. They are collecting information re immediate losses, Expect to provide further assistance so stay in touch with them.
Salvage Guides and/or information for visual arts, but anyone with damaged props, costumes might find help:
Galleries/Visual Artists: Sara Friedlander, Associate Vice President, Head of First Open at Christie’s in New York, is arranging space at Christie’s for artists to use their laptops and charge their phones, and may be able to assist galleries with storage space for their art. Those interested, please call (212) 468-7177.
Individuals: Space needs for shows: check www.NYCPASpaces.org.
Emergency Financial Assistance: The Actors Fund (NOT limited to actors) Call: 917-281-5936 or Twitter @TheActorsFund or private message via Facebook (wwwfacebook.com/TheActorsFund). Communications are confidential. Also, free Health Clinic; call 212-489-1039 to check on hours and eligibility for clinic.
CERF+ has created the CERF+ Artists’ Relief Exchange. If you know an artist who needs help and/or if you can offer help (supplies, equipment, a place to stay or work, help in clean up, etc.), please join in this Exchange. CERF+ a range of resources; http://craftemergency.org (NOT limited to crafts.) 802-229- 2306
ArtsReady.org list of resources for funding for emergency relief https://www.artsready.org/page/useful_links
New York Foundation for the Arts (currently not open and not entirely clear what they will be able to do as yet)
Dancers: Dance/NYC Help them tell your story and help you by writing Lacey Althouse at email@example.com. Join the conversation on Twitter @DanceNYC #sandydance.
& Assistance information relevant to individuals, small businesses, and
Insurance for Freelancers:
- If you are self-employed you could be eligible for unemployment insurance in
areas where a federal declaration of a disaster has been declared. We encourage
you to apply.
Disaster Resources (for individuals, small businesses, and
- Federal disaster resources will be available to you only if you
register at FEMA. Go to www.disasterassistance.gov and register as soon as
you have the capacity! [FYI: New York City Arts Coalition is a good resource for
arts organizations that have difficulty or questions about registering.]
- It is also advisable to take pictures, document any damage, and keep a good
record of what you spend post-Sandy.
Loans & New York City Business Assistance Programs (for businesses and
For info on Federal Loan options, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- For info on the City's Department of Small Business Services visit the new Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery site, which
contains info relevant to:
- Small- to mid-sized businesses that have experienced business interruption
- Mid- to large-sized businesses that need to undertake rebuilding
- Any business that is temporarily displaced from its space
- And any business in need of other emergency assistance
resources for artists and cultural organizations:
on funding and emergency relief:
- NYFA Source lists information on Emergency
Resources, including Current Disaster Resources, Emergency Grants, Financial Resources, Health and Insurance Resources, and more.
- Dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word artists working in the
East Village & LES should check out The Howl Emergency Life Project (H.E.L.P.) for
prospective financial assistance and other resources.
- Painting, sculpture, or printmaking artists may be eligible for an emergency
grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.
- Professional craft artists may visit the Craft Emergency Fund for potential financial support and brokered assistance.
- If you work in performing arts and entertainment and need assistance, reach
out to The Actors Fund New York Office at 917-281-5936 or
The Actors Fund Work Program NYC at 212-354-5480.They have stated their availability to support!
- If you are looking for looking for alternative space to teach, to rehearse,
and or produce cancelled shows, check out NYC Performing Arts Spaces.
- For arts organizations looking to build post crisis sustainability, visit ArtsReady, a web-based emergency preparedness
wet recovery, and salvaging:
- Get current information to identify and locate professional conservation
services by checking out AIC's Find a Conservator.
- Learn more about wet recovery with resources via the National Center for Preservation
Technology and Training.
- AIC-CERT responds to the needs of cultural
institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with
first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. For 24-hour assistance
from trained volunteers, call (202) 661-8068.
- We encourage you to visit our homepage for a list of opportunities to help out in
the wake of Sandy.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if
you have any volunteer opportunities, needs, or tips you would like to have
listed with us or shared through social media.
|FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic
Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced a set of services available to
help small businesses recover from Hurricane Sandy. SBS will serve as the
primary point of contact for an emergency loan program, and will deploy the SBS
Business Outreach Team and Emergency Response Unit’s Large Scale Response Team
to help reach all impacted small businesses in need of assistance.
full set of services include:
For small- to mid-sized businesses that
have experienced business interruption, $5 million is available through an
emergency loan program. Loans will be capped at $10,000. Businesses should
contact NYC Business Solutions staff to find out more about the application and
intake process. NYC Business Solutions Centers will also coordinate with
community-based-organizations in severely affected areas to help businesses with
the application process.
For mid- to large-sized businesses that need to
begin recovery, an emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial
Development Authority (IDA) will be available allowing forgiveness of New York
City and New York State sales taxes to businesses on materials purchased for
recovery efforts. IDA will also waive all fees and, while following State law,
look to streamline its normal procedure. This program is expected to offer
economic benefits to reconstruction projects costing $500,000 or more.
Businesses can contact Shin Mitsugi at email@example.com for further
information on this program.
For any business temporarily displaced from
its space, short-term "swing" office or storage space at Brooklyn Army Terminal
(BAT) is available free of charge for the next 30 days. NYCEDC has approximately
40,000 square feet of warehouse space at BAT that can be used for this purpose.
Businesses in need of this space can seek additional information at www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness. Temporary
space is also available at the Sunshine Bronx business incubator, one of the
incubators within the City’s network, on a walk-in basis. The incubator is
located at 890 Garrison Avenue in Hunts Point. In addition, NYCEDC is presently
working with external partners, including the Partnership for New York City, to
match displaced businesses with vacant properties in commercial space in order
to get them up and running again. A website to help these businesses facilitate
the program will be established in the coming days.
Federal Aid Programs
for State of New York Disaster Recovery Loans are available up to $2 million for
business property losses not fully compensated by insurance, and for small
businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit
organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow
problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster. More
information can be found at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or
1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Information from the Federal Small Business
Administration on disaster recovery assistance is also available at www.sba.gov.
All businesses in need of
assistance due to Hurricane Sandy should contact NYC Business Solutions by
filling out a Contact an Account Manager form at www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness or calling 311
and asking for “NYC Business Solutions.” More information can be found at www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness.
the Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business
Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New
York City to start,
operate and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering
neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a
skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS’ services,
go to www.nyc.gov/sbs.
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City Economic Development Corporation
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Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in
each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through
expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate
prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an
advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that
allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on
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projects and initiatives.
Also here below I have listed some useful
information from Speak Quinn's Twitter Feeds:
(1) Please share this info
about how to safely use a generator: http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/events/2012/110112c.shtml
(2) Legal Aid Society generously offering services for families & individuals
affected by Sandy. legal-aid.org or 212-577-3300 for
(3) Loans available up to $2mil for small biz & most non-profit
orgs in need of funds to recover from Sandy . Visit disasterassistance.gov\
(4) Small biz & homeowner HOTLINE started TODAY --> Speak to an expert