Hurricane Sandy took a devastating toll on the eastern United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, claiming a total of 160 victims, with 88 confirmed deaths in the U.S. alone. Economic losses are now estimated at upwards of $55 billion, making it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.
Numerous federal agencies have assisted in the disaster recovery in the eastern United States. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it is providing disaster assistance for homeowners and low-income renters in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. HUD will grant states the ability to redirect millions of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME program dollars to address critical needs, including housing and services for disaster victims. HUD is also issuing a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-insured homes, among other assistance.The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is making available Quick Release Emergency Relief Funds for New York ($10 million), Rhode Island ($3 million), and North Carolina ($4 million). The department is expecting other states affected by the superstorm to request emergency relief funding in the coming days.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has waived certain gasoline requirements under the Clear Air Act to ensure an adequate supply of gas in the affected states.
FEMA applications for disaster assistance, and disaster news feeds for Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire, can be found here.
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