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Source: City Limits
Subject: Housing & Environmental Justice
Type: Media Coverage

After Slow Start, Applications Roll In for NY’s Ida Relief Fund for Undocumented Workers

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As of Dec. 13, 501 applications have been completed and signed by a caseworker, according to Mercedes Padilla, a spokesperson for New York’s Department of State. Of the 145 approved, 66 applicants have received the aid and 79 are in the process of receiving it.

Make the Road New York, one of the CBOs administering the fund, has seen the bulk of the interest: 1,300 calls or walks in, 285 applications that have been initiated, and 71 households approved as of Dec. 13. Some $418,000 in aid has been approved in total, and $209,000 has already been dispersed to 41 households, according to Becca Talzek, deputy director of Make the Road New York.

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New York’s Department of State reported that out of the more than 2,000 people who have called the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) Hotline or walked in to ask about the relief fund for undocumented workers, 594 have been referred to FEMA instead. Make the Road New York alone has referred 340 applicants to FEMA and CCCS has referred 39 out of 113 who have reached out.