Suffolk County residents whose homes and businesses were damaged by may now be eligible to receive federal aid in getting back on their feet.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday that federal disaster assistance is now available for Suffolk homeowners, renters and small businesses as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene.
“I thank FEMA for moving quickly to further assess the damages and needs of New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Irene,” Cuomo said, adding that those with damages should register for aid as soon as possible.
If approved, families and individuals whose homes are declared uninhabitable will receive help to meet rental payments. Other aid includes grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged homes safe, sanitary and functional. Small business loans up to $2 million are also available.
Those who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster, such as self-employed individuals who do not qualify for state benefits, will be eligible to receive unemployment payments for up to 26 weeks from when the tropical storm hit on Sunday. Loans for small businesses and farmers are also on the list of aid benefits.
New York State government may also provide funds for the repair of damaged public facilities such as roads and schools.
Suffolk County residents can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Editor's Note: Deadline for registering for is October 31, 2011. Details are . 's in Hauppaugue closed .