Council 62: AFA Disaster Relief Fund Eligibility

Council 62: AFA Disaster Relief Fund Eligibility

AFA Members with Primary Residence in: New Jersey and New York

Eligibility for the AFA Disaster Relief Fund

The AFA Disaster Assistance fund is available to members in the states of New Jersey and New York, in the below counties:

New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens.

New Jersey:  Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.

As states continue to conduct assessments of Sandy’s damage, they may request assistance for their residents. The AFA Disaster Relief Fund will expand eligibility for members in other states and counties should presidential declarations identify the need for such assistance.

To request assistance from the fund, complete the application at  Funds will be distributed as long as they remain available.  Additional information about the relief fund can be obtained from AFA EAP at 1-800-424-2406.  Please feel free to contact the AFA EAP to see if eligibility has expanded to other states and counties.

To assist members impacted by Sandy, please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the AFA Disaster Relief Fund.  100% of donated funds are re-distributed to disaster affected members.  For more information go to

FEMA Assistance
  • Through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) individuals in New Jersey and New York in the above counties are eligible for the resources listed below.  To apply for these benefits, go to Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. 
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.  
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.  (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. 
  • Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.

In Solidarity,

Joey Guider, President
Continental Local Executive Council 62