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Quality of Life

Disaster Relief

Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Sandy deeply affected New York City’s underserved populations.

The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees passed a resolution on October 23, 2017 authorizing the University to allow students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who were impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, to pay tuition at the in-state rate. The foundation helped these displaced students with scholarship assistance to cover any gaps between the CUNY in-state tuition and their ability to pay.

In response to Hurricane Sandy, which caused substantial damage directly to New York City and the surrounding areas, the foundation created and extended an Emergency Assistance Request for Applications to our grantees who work with underserved youth. Emergency relief funds were approved for six applicants including Henry Street Settlement, which assisted families living in shelters with ongoing case/crisis management to connect them to resources such as FEMA benefits, and infrastructure projects damaged by the storm.