Supporting Displaced Hurricane Maria Victims Living in New York

On July 25, 2018, Governor Cuomo announced $2 million to support the more than 11,000 displaced Hurricane Maria victims living in New York. The Governor made the announcement after returning from his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit last August.

The initial investment of $2 million will go to partnering organizations who connect vulnerable Puerto Ricans to needed services such as employment, housing, benefits counseling and health care.

This investment is on top of the Governor's previous commitment of up to $11 million dollars in housing and workforce funding for displaced Puerto Ricans, and follows the release of a report by FEMA showing that the federal government was woefully unprepared for Hurricane Maria and incapable of providing the assistance Puerto Rico needed in the wake of the disaster.

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Housing, Jobs, and Other Support

At Governor Cuomo's direction, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has established a new $1 million case management program to help connect displaced Puerto Ricans with critical resources. The Governor has also directed the New York State Department of Labor to provide up to $10 million in job training and placement.

To learn more, contact:
New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA)
[email protected]


State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) are providing in-state tuition rates to eligible displaced students.

To learn more, contact:
State University of New York (SUNY)

City University of New York (CUNY)
1-212-997-CUNY (1-212-997-2869)

The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights to eligible students experiencing temporary housing circumstances, including:

  • immediately enrolling in school without records (school records, medical records, vaccination records, proof of residency);
  • access to special education services immediately if the student has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP);
  • access to free school meals without filling out an application.

To learn more, contact:
NYS-TEACHS for McKinney-Vento Act Assistance