March 1st is the deadline for applications for FEMA grants to repair homes devastated by tropical storm Sandy.
Even though FEMA is not processing grants for cooperative corporations and condominium associations to repair buildings and grounds affected by the storm, it is suggested that applications be made prior to the deadline. This will leave open the door for an appeal when they are rejected.
The National Association of Housing Cooperatives believes that FEMA’s position results from a misreading of its mandate and has written to urge a reexamination.
Meanwhile Congressman Steve Israel has written with a similar request to FEMA and to Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano (see below) and has also introduced legislation to remedy this situation. Senator Chuck Schumer has proposed that HUD provide block grants to facilitate recovery. His press release and letter to HUD Secretary Donovan follow the information from Senator Israel.