12/12/12

Disaster Food Stamps

Non-Food Stamp households in those New York City zip codes hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

An anticipated $12.9 million in benefits will be distributed to city residents through D-SNAP.

From December 12 through December 18, households in designated zip codes not currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) can apply for disaster food stamps -- a onetime benefit equal to about $526 for a family of three.

Residents from twelve zip codes in Coney Island, the Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan may be eligible if they meet income guidelines.

The city Human Resources Administration (HRA) will administer D-SNAP to households in designated zip codes whose homes or businesses were damaged, who lost income, or who had other storm-related expenses.

Applicants, to be eligible for D-SNAP, must have been living in one of the following zip codes as of October 27, 2012:
  • Coney Island, Brooklyn (zip code 11224 and 11235);
  • Red Hook, Brooklyn (zip code 11231);
  • Gerritsen Beach South of Allen Avenue, Brooklyn (partial area of zip code 11229);
  • Lower East Side, Manhattan (zip code 10002);
  • Staten Island: Southeast shore (zip code 10306), and North Midland Beach South of Seaview; Avenue (partial area of zip code 10305);
  • The Far Rockaways, Queens (zip codes 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, and 11697);
and must have sustained at least one of the following due to the storm:
  • damage to home or sole proprietorship business;
  • un-reimbursed expenses between October 27 and November 25 (restaurant meals are allowable costs.)
  • lost income or access to liquid resources (cash, bank accounts) between October 27 and November 25.
Applicants or their authorized representatives must appear in person at one of these locations:
  • 495 Clermont Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, from December 12 to December 18 between 8:30 AM and 6 PM.
  • New Dorp High School Cafeteria, in Staten Island (465 New Dorp Lane): Friday, December 14, 4 PM to 8 PM Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16, 9 AM to 5 PM, and Monday, December 17, 4 PM to 8 PM.
Applicants must document the following:
  • Identity:  applicants without ID will be denied;
  • Residency in one of the designated zip codes as of October 27;
  • Income between October 27 and November 25;
  • Un-reimbursed storm-related expenses paid between October 27 and November 25.
If applicants are out of their homes due to the storm, they should have a reliable alternative mailing address to which a benefit card can be mailed.

Application forms will be available at D-SNAP locations or can be downloaded as of December 11 from HRA’s website at NYC.gov.

For more information on D-SNAP and other food assistance, visit nyc.gov or call 311.

Five local electeds sue the city over its administration of the D-SNAP program [Brooklyn Bureau.]

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