Red Cross Awards Grant to NY Disaster Interfaith Services for Sandy Recovery

Red Cross Awards Grant to NY Disaster Interfaith Services for Sandy Recovery.
One size does not fit all, New Yorkers will remain heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy for years to come.

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The American Red Cross has awarded a $2,968,424 grant to New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Founded in response to 9/11, NYDIS is a faith-based federation of more than 80 service providers and charitable organizations that collaborate to provide disaster readiness, response and recovery services to New York City. NYDIS will use the grant both to administer the New York City Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable and to distribute grant dollars through the New York City Unmet Needs Fund. The Unmet Needs Roundtable program is an established long-term recovery resource that customizes assistance for eligible Sandy clients in need. NYDIS will also use the grant to coordinate housing needs for volunteers travelling to New York City to assist in efforts to repair or rebuild homes in all five boroughs.

“Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in our region and many people are still on the road to recovery,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region. “The Red Cross partnership with NYDIS will enable these individuals impacted by Sandy to have their outstanding needs met through the Unmet Needs Roundtable program. Unmet Needs Roundtables are used nationally as a tool for long-term disaster recovery, and we are fortunate to have NYDIS and other funding partners in this effort.”

“One size does not fit all, New Yorkers will remain heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy for years to come, and some of our most vulnerable residents will need customized resources to achieve and sustain long-term recovery,” said Peter Gudaitis, NYDIS Chief Response Officer. “The funding from the American Red Cross will ensure that NYDIS, along with our partners and other donors, can continue to provide much-needed emergency financial assistance and sustainable recovery resources to all eligible New Yorkers in need through the New York City Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.”

The New York City Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable was established as a resource of last resort for eligible residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy throughout New York City’s five boroughs. It will provide several forms of assistance, including emergency cash grants, sustainable recovery grants, loans and discounted, tax-free appliances, furniture and building supplies, through a partnership with Home Depot. In addition to the Red Cross grant, the United Way of New York City has provided a leadership grant to fund staff as well as cash assistance for the Unmet Needs Fund; these monies were awarded to NYDIS from the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. NYDIS has also received funding for the New York City Sandy Unmet Needs Fund from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Islamic Relief USA, Lutheran Social Services of New York Metro Baptist Church and others. The Salvation Army has also partnered with NYDIS to directly distribute its own unmet needs funds via the New York City Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.

The resources of the New York City Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable can only be accessed by a Disaster Case Manager. Impacted families with unmet needs in New York City should contact their case manager to determine eligibility or to access this program. Those in need of disaster case management services should reach out to the New York State Disaster Case Management Program by calling 311 or 1-855-258-0483.

Corporations and Foundations interested in contributing to the New York City Unmet Needs Fund or distributing their own funds at the Roundtable should contact Individuals may donate online at The Roundtable has a $20,000,000 fundraising goal.

Donations to the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New York and New Jersey eight months after the storm. As of June 2013, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy including Brooklyn Community Foundation, City Harvest, Feeding America, Food Bank For New York City, Friends of Rockaway, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Island Harvest, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Operation Hope, Points of Light Foundation and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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About the NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable:

Since 2002, administered by NYDIS, the NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable has addressed the unmet needs of 9/11 victim families, survivors and health impacted recovery workers. After 2005, the Roundtable also assisted families evacuated to New York City after Hurricane Katrina. Since its inception it has distributed over $9 million in cash assistance and vouchers to meet the unmet needs of more than 4,600 9/11 and Katrina impacted individuals and families. Those clients’ needs were presented by cases managers from over 100 different city-wide and neighborhoodbased social service and mental health providers.

The NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable works in partnership with the Long Island Unmet Needs Roundtable, facilitated by the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. To learn more about the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, visit NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based federation of service providers, charitable organizations and faith communities who work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City.