Friday, June 29, 2007

New Organization Picks Up Post-Flood Aid Where Fema Left Off

WINDER (Westchester Interfaith/Interagency Network for Disaster and Emergency Recovery), a newly organized response to long-term disaster recovery that will pick up where FEMA left off, has been announced by Reverend Deborah Tammearu of St. Thomas Church in Mamaroneck.

Tammerau is the founding board president of the network, which is a non-profit, interfaith disaster recovery organization that combines the resources of existing faith organizations, community social services and volunteer programs from the public, private and social sectors.
It is the coordinating local partner for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and community based organizations (CBOs) for disaster readiness, response and recovery efforts in Westchester County.

By joining together, the participating organizations hope to minimize duplication of services in order to most effectively provide aid to victims through referral, advocacy, education and direct aid.

WINDER will focus on the most vulnerable low-income disaster victims--the elderly, the disabled and the infirm.

WINDER can be reached at 914-575-9228.

* Total aid: $21.47 million

* Registrations: 4,632

* Small Business Administration loans: 270 approved, totaling $13.78 million

* Housing Assistance requests: 2,573 approved, totaling $6.45 million

* Other Needs Assistance approved: $579,825

* Public Assistance approved: $460,199


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