Sep 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

New York pledges $27M for undocumented immigrants affected by Ida

Damaged basement apartments in New York

Heavy rains from storm Ida caused extensive damage to basement apartments. Photo: Jeenah Moon for The Washington Post via Getty Images

New York's undocumented residents affected by Hurricane Ida's remnants can from Monday apply for aid from the state's new $27 million relief fund.

Why it matters: This policy would help fill the gap left by FEMA as many undocumented immigrants are ineligible for FEMA relief regarding the storm, which caused widespread flooding across the northeastern U.S.

Details: New York state will donate $20 million and New York City will donate $7 million, per the New York Times.

  • Fewer than 1,200 households are expected to receive aid and will receive around $72,000, the NYT notes.
  • There are 500,000 undocumented immigrants in New York City, so the number of applicants is likely to be higher than 1,200, per the NYT.
  • The application deadline is Nov. 26.

What they're saying: Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement that the action meant officials could "close gaps in aid and help New Yorkers in need."

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio added: "Regardless of documentation status, we will get support to the most recent victims of our climate crisis and are here to help every step of the way."
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