Governor Cuomo announced that $200 million has been awarded to more than 450 healthcare and human service providers and other community-based organizations following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant is designed to cover unreimbursed expenses resulting from the storm, including social, health and mental health services for individuals, and for repair, renovation and rebuilding of health care facilities, mental hygiene facilities, child care facilities and other social services facilities.
The grants will provide approximately $65 million for repair, rebuilding and renovation costs resulting from Superstorm Sandy; $52 million for unreimbursed operating costs during and after Sandy; $70 million for ongoing or new services to meet the continuing needs of Sandy-impacted New Yorkers; and $11 million for other eligible health and social services costs.
Grantees were selected through a competitive and transparent request for proposals. All awards are preliminary allocations, and will be adjusted to ensure that all proposed costs are eligible for Sandy SSBG funds; there is no duplication of benefits with other federal, state or private reimbursement; and all expenditures are appropriately documented. New York State may also make additional awards based on availability of funds.