Government helps those directly affected by the terrorist attacks.

State/federal grants and loans totaling $101 million have been approved for those who sustained damage to their homes and property from the Sept. 11 attacks. More than $273 million in federal funds has been released to reimburse the city for costs associated with response and recovery activities as well as removal of debris at the World Trade Center site. According to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the total amount for individual and infrastructure assistance is $374 million.

“Our partnerships with the state and city of New York have allowed us to move forward in helping thousands of people affected by the Sept. 11 attacks,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Ted Monette. “Our goal is to get people back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible, despite the tremendous challenges faced.”

“Just one phone call gets people registered into the system for many of the federal and state assistance programs,” said State Coordinating Officer Edward F. Jacoby, Jr. “Operators can also provide information and referrals to programs, resources, and services offered by other agencies and voluntary organizations.”

Directly affected residents and businesses may apply for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Those with speech or hearing impairments can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Translation services are available.