City Restoration Centers Open In Far Rockaway
At a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg announced the opening of seven NYC Restoration Centers in the city. Bloomberg made the announcement in front of the NYC Restoration Center on Beach 20 Street in the downtown business district in Far Rockaway.
"We are taking our ongoing relief efforts an important step further by setting up one-stop city offices that make it simpler and more convenient for New Yorkers get the help they need,” Mayor Bloomberg said today. “The Restoration Centers will be an invaluable resource for the New Yorkers most impacted by the storm - and for the communities hit hardest.
According to the Mayor’s office “The Restoration Centers bring together information and referral to all of the City government services available in the aftermath of the storm. FEMA staff is onsite to perform benefits intake, as well as provide ongoing management and updates of applicants’ FEMA cases.”
As of Monday evening workers inside the office were serving a constant influx of residents looking for help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Homeowner and local business owner Latisha Gibbs lives on Enright Road. She, was inquiring about what could be done to help her said, “I was hit very hard by this storm I’m devastated. I lost out on my vechile. I lost out on both of my vans. My basement was terribly flooded. My house is in an uproar. Here it is two weeks later. I still have no electricity and no hot water.”
A gentleman leaving the center told The Wave that FEMA said they will pay for the half that his losses that are not covered by insurance.
The Restoration Centers will help residents with financial, health, environmental, nutritional and residential services, as well as Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) reimbursement The Far Rockaway center is located at reimbursement processing is located at 10-01 Beach 20 Street and will be opened daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Another local center is also open at 321 Rockaway Point Boulevard in Breezy Point at Fort Tilden.