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File #: Res 0594-2015    Version: * Name: Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013 (.H.R. 592)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Recovery and Resiliency
On agenda: 2/26/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 592, also known as the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, which would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to make houses of worship eligible, as "private nonprofit facilities," to receive financial assistance from the federal government for the repair, restoration, and replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed by major disasters, including Superstorm Sandy.
Sponsors: Mark Treyger, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Donovan J. Richards, Deborah L. Rose, Karen Koslowitz, Andrew Cohen, Carlos Menchaca, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Attachments: 1. February 26, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files
Res. No. 594
 
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 592, also known as the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, which would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to make houses of worship eligible, as "private nonprofit facilities," to receive financial assistance from the federal government for the repair, restoration, and replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed by major disasters, including Superstorm Sandy.
 
 
By Council Members Treyger, Eugene, Koo, Richards, Rose, Koslowitz, Cohen, Menchaca and Ulrich
 
Whereas, Superstorm Sandy hit New York on October 29, 2012 and its impacts were unprecedented in the city's history; and
Whereas, Superstorm Sandy tragically took the lives of 43 New Yorkers and caused $19 billion in damages and lost economic activity; and
Whereas, In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, houses of worship exceeded their role as social service providers by supplementing the emergency response and recovery efforts of government agencies; and
Whereas, Houses of worship participated in emergency response and recovery efforts by making available basic supplies such as clothing, food and water, by serving as distribution points for supplies and information, by coordinating volunteers and organizing local aid work, and through other initiatives; and
Whereas, In some instances, houses of worship were in the best position to provide immediate aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, as they had long-standing relationships with the communities they served, and they were able to establish a presence as centers of aid before government agencies could; and
Whereas, Many houses of worship sustained severe physical and economic damages due to Superstorm Sandy; and
Whereas, Some of the most common impacts that Superstorm Sandy had on houses of worship include structural damage to their buildings, flood damage to the interiors of their spaces, damage to their assets, supplies and inventory, and disruption of their operations;  and
Whereas, Houses of worship across New York City's many faiths and denominations were among those that sustained damage; and
Whereas, Private nonprofit facilities damaged by Superstorm Sandy have received aid in the form of government grants and funding to support their recovery; and
Whereas, Due to federal restrictions on providing direct government aid to religious organizations, houses of worship have generally had to rely upon other sources of funding and support to recover from Sandy-related damages and losses; and
Whereas, Houses of worship are still struggling to recover from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy; and
Whereas, The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance program provides financial assistance for the repair of various types of private nonprofit organizations and facilities, including those in which citizens engage in a variety of educational, enrichment and social activities; and
Whereas, Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, FEMA's disaster relief program provides financial assistance to such private nonprofit facilities in the wake of natural disasters; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 592, also known as the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, which would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to make houses of worship eligible, as "private nonprofit facilities," to receive financial assistance from the federal government for the repair, restoration, and replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed by major disasters, including Superstorm Sandy.  
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