Governor Cuomo’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is providing new funding for homeowners whose property was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners who have already qualified for FEMA housing assistance grants can now also obtain up to an additional $10,000 through the Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund. This is a grant, not a loan, and it does not need to be repaid.


 You live in the five boroughs of New York City – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island – or the counties of Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk.

 You have to rebuild or substantially repair your primary residence because of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

 You have already qualified for a FEMA housing assistance grant capped at $31,900.

 Your FEMA grant DID NOT cover the full cost of damage to your home according to FEMA’s appraisal.

 New funding WOULD NOT duplicate assistance you are already receiving from other government agencies or your personal insurance.


To find out if you qualify for the New York State Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund call: (855) NYS-SANDY – [855 697-7263]


1. Contact your private insurance company.

2. If your insurance doesn’t cover or isn’t paying the full cost of damage to your property, you can apply for FEMA Housing Assistance by calling;

(800) 621-3362, or for the hearing impaired, TTY (800) 462-7585.

3. Once you have received the maximum grant from FEMA’s Housing Assistance program, an application for the Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund will be automatically transferred to the state.

You will not need to apply separately or fill out any additional paper work to apply for this grant.


This is one of many programs that are helping New Yorkers recover from Hurricane Sandy – you can learn about how New York State can help you by calling: (855) NYS-SANDY [855 697-7263]

Some areas of assistance that are NOT covered by the New York State Disaster are Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund include:

1. Repairs and rebuilding for pre-existing conditions or damages not caused directly by the effects of Hurricane Sandy;

2. Replacement of personal property;

3. Debris removal and sanitation services;

4. Clothing and household items;

5. Food, medical or dental needs;

6. Moving and storage;

7. Transportation;

8. Business or work-related losses; or

9. Cash replacement.