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Welcome to NYDISnet, the e-newsletter of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS).

NYDISnet is New York City’s only faith-based Sandy recovery e-news resource, and provides the latest updates on resources, events, trainings and other matters of interest to the recovery community and religious leaders - including 9/11 long-term recovery news. NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs during local emergencies or to notify New York City faith communities and our partners of important news.

We continue to ask your prayers for the victims and survivors of the East Harlem building explosion. NYDIS has been helping meet the unmet needs of those families - please make a donation to support our work.

If you would like to post readiness, response or recovery information or upcoming events, please contact NYDISnet Editor Tameka Sharp at tsharp@nydis.org .


Rev. Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President


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NYDIS Sandy Recovery Resources

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On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Guide (with Widgets)
On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Calendar
NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable & NYC Unmet Needs Fund
The Unmet Needs Roundtables convene donors, long-term recovery groups and case management agencies to financially assist impacted families with unmet needs beyond those met by all other current programs. Through the advocacy of a case manager, the Roundtables (which are centrally managed and meet in each borough) provide emergency cash assistance, recovery grants, loans and discounted/tax-free building supplies to eligible survivor households. Assistance is targeted to ensure and sustain survivors’ long-term recovery. For more information, contact info@nydis.org.
NYC Housing Recovery Resource Guide - Updated Weekly
The New York City VOAD Volunteer Management and Construction Committee has released the updated version of the NYC Housing Recovery Resource Guide. This guide provides a list of Voluntary Agencies providing rebuild services in New York City, their primary services and service boroughs and neighborhoods. You can access the updated version here.

NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program Form-Set:
A comprehensive culturally and religiously competent form-set to assist potential host sites in housing rebuild volunteers in support of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts. This form-set, includes two handbooks for host sites and volunteer groups and exhaustively covers a wide range of resources for organizations involved in volunteer housing rebuild.

View or download the VGHP Form Set for Host Sites & Volunteer Groups
World Trade Center Health Program - 9/11 Outreach Update
July marked the end of the first phase of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) and ICF International joint outreach project, in partnership with NYDIS, for the World Trade Center Health Program. Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the program provides free monitoring and treatment of medical and mental health illnesses related to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Over the past two years, NDIN and ICF worked to inform dozens of local and national faith-based and National VOAD partners who sent volunteers to Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA about the free health benefits offered by the program. These efforts included outreach to NYDIS clients served by the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable.

In total, NDIN & ICF reached over 5,100 candidates through its World Trade Center Health Program webpage, 29,500 via NYDISnet and iNET, and more than 2,500 via relationships with partner organizations.  While the first phase of outreach has ended, the program continues to enroll applicants and NDIN has developed a proposal with ICF to continue reaching those who may not yet be aware of the program.

If you or someone you know may be eligible, please visit our website, email, or call 1.888.982.4748.  
NYDIS’ NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Fund Passes $12 Million in Donations
NYDIS set a recovery fund goal of $20,000,000 to provide essential unmet needs assistance and appliances, furniture and building supplies and other storm debt or rebuild needs for under-resourced Sandy survivors. In July, NYDIS passed $12,000,000 in donations, grants and pledges to the Fund. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors as well as grant support from foundations and our National VOAD partners. These funds are restricted for distribution through the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.

NYDIS Announces 3 Paid Fellowships for Post 9/11 Military Veterans
NYDIS is currently partnering with The Mission Continues to host three Fellows starting in September. Fellows must have served in the United States Military after September 11, 2001, having attained an honorable discharge after a minimum of 24 months of time in military service (unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service). A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. The fellowships will enrich the lives of veterans through service - helping to facilitate their transition to civilian life, and place these outstanding role models where the NYC community may benefit from their strength and example.
  • Outreach & Training Coordinator - View posting here
  • VGHP Housing Coordinator - View posting here
  • VGHP Construction Site Supervisor - View posting here

NYDIS Cohosts 2nd LTRG Sandy Strategic Recovery Planning Forum
Church World Service and New York Disaster Interfaith Services, in partnership with American Red Cross, FEMA VALs, and NYC VOAD will host a second city-wide Long Term Recovery Group Recovery Planning Forum on August 7th.  This workshop is a report out and goal setting workshop in follow-up to the LTRG Sandy Strategic Recovery Planning Forum held in June to address the main priorities LTRGs are facing regarding Superstorm Sandy recovery. Registration is open only to Board Members and Committee Chairs of all NYC Long-term Recovery Groups. For more information, email NYDIS.

Register Now: Disaster Chaplain Training at MCNY, 9/29-30/14
Through a training partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) will offer our two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course in NYC at MCNY.  The course will be held on September 29 & 30th at MCNY. This course prepares chaplains and religious leaders to volunteer with NYDIS in mass-care settings or within their houses of worship, religious community or professional institution.  Tuition is $145. For more information and registration click here.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Monthly Stats Report Now Online
In an effort to increase transparency, NYDIS posts the most recent monthly Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) Statistics reports on the NYDIS website. The report includes the number of households and individuals who have received assistance by borough, overall program-to-date assistance, the top unmet needs requested and other statistics. View or download here.

NYDIS is Seeking NYC Congregations to Host 2014 Rebuild Volunteers
Thousands of out-of-state volunteers are looking to contribute their time and skills to continued Hurricane Sandy mold-suppression and rebuild efforts; these volunteer groups require a place to eat and sleep. NYDIS is managing the NYC Volunteer Group Housing program to coordinate and support volunteer housing available from congregations. We provide forms and training materials, coordinate reservations, and provide any other operations support needed. To get more information or to register your congregation as a "dorm," or request volunteer housing for incoming groups, email volunteerhousing@nydis.org.
Faith & Community Summit on Reducing Inequality Through the Sandy Rebuild
On June 13, 2013, Faith in New York and partners in the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding brought together 1,400 clergy, people of faith, community, and labor leaders to dialogue with the candidates running for Mayor of New York City about their vision for a more equitable city, beginning with ensuring that the post-Hurricane Sandy rebuilding process addresses long-term racial and economic inequality in our city through the creation of good jobs and real affordable housing. One year later, on July 29th, Faith in New York and partners will join elected officials to revisit the commitments made last year. Invited city officials include Amy Peterson, Director of Housing Recovery & Mayor de Blasio's appointee for the city's Workforce Development Program, Public Advocate Letitia James, and NYC Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca, Donovan Richards, and Mark Treyger.  For more information, click here.

WP: Study: Muslims Hate Terrorism, Too
July 1: A new study by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that many in Muslim majority countries are angered and have a growing concern about Middle Eastern extremism. The study involved over 144,000 respondents in 14 countries. Washington Post Reporter Ishaan Tharoor shares more findings from the study here.

TA: Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy
July 22: Protestant seminary grads and new pastors are finding it more and more difficult to secure full-time, salaried church position. The Episcopal Church has reported that retirements are outpacing ordinations by 43 percent. Kurt Fredrickson, a professor of pastoral ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, states a growing trend toward bi-vocational ministry. The Atlantic reporter David R. Wheeler interviews seminary grad Justin Barringer about his job search experience. Continue here

Report: The State of the Clergy 2012 - A Report for The Episcopal Church
SBA Low-Interest Disaster Loans for Flooding in April: Deadline 7/28/14 & 3/2/15
NYC residents and businesses affected by the significant rain and flooding event on April 29 and 30, 2014 can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 28, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 2, 2015. This declaration covers Kings and Queens Counties; and the contiguous counties of Bronx, Nassau, New York and Richmond in the state of New York can apply. For more information, click here.

FEMA Proof of Loss: Deadline 10/29/14
Homeowners have until October 29, 2014 to file a Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) proof-of-loss claim for Superstorm Sandy. A Proof of Loss is a federal form used by the policyholder to support the amount they are claiming under their policy, which must then be signed and sworn to, and submitted with supporting documentation to the flood insurance company. For more information, click here.

Free Legal Assistance
Every Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, a representative from Queens Legal Services will be in Councilman Donavan Richards address 1931 Mott Ave, Far Rockaway Office to aid anyone dealing with housing issues. Queens Legal Services provides free high quality legal help in civil matters to low-income people throughout New York City.  Please call (347) 592-2200 or 718-471-7014 to RSVP or for more information.

Homeowner Hotline
The Center for NYC Neighborhoods‘ Homeowner Hotline is an integral part of the Center’s work to provide high quality assistance to homeowners. The Hotline is a joint effort with the Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), and is available to all New York State residents. Homeowners can reach the hotline by dialing 311 in New York City or 211 in New York State and asking for the Center for NYC Neighborhoods or by dialing 855-HOME-456.

LawHelpNY Mobile Access
LawHelpNY.org launched a mobile site to provide mobile access to information and referrals for low-income New Yorkers seeking help with problems in areas such as housing, family law, consumer debt and immigration. For more information, visit the website.

NYC Health Department and Columbia University Mold Contamination Study
The New York City cealth Department and Columbia University are conducting a research study about mold contamination in homes affected by Sandy. Complete a 10 minute telephone survey and get a $50 GIFT CARD. Qualified individuals will answer questions about water damage in their house from Sandy and get free home mold testing. Call to complete the survey and get a $50 gift card: 212-305-6925 or 646-632-6102.

Rebuilding Together Currently Accepting Applications
Rebuilding Together cases need to be referred through a Disaster Case Manager (DCM) with an application filled out.  Any questions DCM's have about the application process can be forwarded to Rebuilding Together Intake Manager, Melissa Stucki via email.

Temporary Disaster Assistance Program (TDAP) Extended
New York City has extended TDAP eligibility for renters who have already applied to TDAP, were displaced by Sandy and forced to relocate and signed a year-or-longer lease and currently pay 40% or more of their income toward rent.  This is open to Build It Back registrants who were previously denied assistance from TDAP because they were no longer considered displaced.  The City has begun reaching out to previous applicants (about 900 tenants) who were originally deemed ineligible. This is NOT open to those who did not apply to TDAP - there are still no plans to reopen registration. TDAP or Build It Back applicants with questions regarding their eligibility for expanded TDAP can call Build It Back Customer Service at 212-615-8329 or visit the NYC Recovery website. This is for NYC only.

National Disaster Resilience Competition
The National Disaster Resilience Competition will make $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition will promote risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events.  Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2).  For more information, view the Fact Sheet.
WNYC: HUD Critiques NYC's Build it Back Program
July 22: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a report of its review of the New York City Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded for Superstorm Sandy recovery. The report indicated issues related to program management, record keeping, and compliance. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports some of the findings and the implications here.

NYC Monitoring Report July 2014

WNYC: De Blasio Removes Firm Overseeing Sandy Rebuilding Program
July 18: Public Financial Management, a Philadelphia firm best known for municipal finance consulting, was removed from overseeing NYC’s Sandy Rebuilding Program. According to a City official, the company wasn’t removed because of performance but rather to allow for a more streamlined process. WNYC Editor Matthew Schuerman reports on this and other recent changes the Mayor has made to speed up Sandy recovery. Continue here

Poynter: How New York Media Outlets Adapted after Hurricane Sandy
July 18: Unlike media organizations in Miami during Hurricane season, NYC media outlets were largely unprepared for Sandy. Newspapers had printing challenges or didn’t print at all and WNYC was off the air for days. Two years later, many NYC media outlets are implementing emergency preparedness measures. Poynter reporter Benjamin Mullin spoke to WNYC about steps they’re taking to harden their facilities. Continue here

NYC.GOV: Stringer Audit Reveals Poor Management & Oversight in Wake of Sandy 
July 17: The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) could not show auditors it had adequate safeguards in place to oversee contractors hired to provide emergency shelter and other services following Superstorm Sandy. As a result, DHS improperly paid contractors for ineligible expenses and for services that were not actually received, according to New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer ’s first Superstorm Sandy-related audit. Read the full news release here and access the full audit here.

NYT: With Surge in Child Migrants, NYC Forms Task Force on Aiding Them
July 17: New York City officials have formed a task force in response to the increase of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America who have arrived in the city. Particularly, federal officials have reached out to city officials for help in finding temporary shelters. New York Times’ Kirk Semple interviews Nisha Agarwal, the city’s commissioner for immigrant affairs, about her office’s strategies to meet the needs of the children. Read more

QC: Breezy Point Fire Suit Clears the First Hurdle
July 17: Justice Bernice Siegal denied the motion to dismiss the lawsuit from Breezy Point and Belle Harbor residents and businesses against National Grid and LIPA.  The lawsuit asserts utility companies are responsible for the fires that destroyed over 100 homes because they didn’t shut off power to the Rockaway peninsula. It was determined that the cause of the fires was corrosive salt water coming into contact with live electrical lines. Queen Chronicle’s Domenick Rafter reports on the ruling in this article. Read more

Time: IRS to Rubber-Stamp Tax-Exempt Status for Charities After Scandal
July 15: The IRS will not be screening 80% of the organizations seeking tax exempt status following the recent screening scandal.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says it will move 66,000 applications currently in the approval pipeline much quicker. Time Report Massimo Calabresi interview Koskinen about why he believes fraud concerns are overblown. Continue here

NJ: Sandy is Rated World's Second Costliest Weather-Related Disaster Since 1970.
July 14:  According to the recent report released by the World Meteorological Organization and the Catholic University of Louvain's Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Superstorm Sandy was the second costliest weather-related disaster over the past 44 years, costing $50 billion in economic damages. Hurricane Katrina topped the list with nearly $147 billion in economic damages. The Star-Ledger’s Erin O’Neill shares more of the economic and fatality statistics in this report. Read more 

Report: Atlas of Mortality & Economic Losses from Weather, Climate & Water Extremes  

TR: New York Awards $185M in Homeland Security Funding to Cities and Towns
July 12: New York City will receive $165 million of the $185 million awarded to New York State for anti-terrorism and other homeland security programs. Read the Associated Press article covering the differing the programs here.

SFG: New York Won't Keep Oil Train Details Secret
July 11: New York’s Homeland Security and Emergency Services is refusing to adopt special non-disclosure agreements at the request of freight railroads. In June, federal officials ordered freight companies to disclose details about oil routes and volumes so that emergency responders could better prepare for incidents. Associated Press’s Michael Virtanen reports on the agency’s decision. Read more

TG: Rebuilding Lives Post-Disaster: What is the Role of Social Workers?
July 10: A recent international partnership study brought together a team of social work researchers, collaborators and partners to research disaster recovery practices in six countries, including the United States. The results included the importance of community-led recovery and the key role of social workers to mobilize local resources, restore livelihoods, and other major benefits. The Guardian’s Julie Drolet and Robin Ersing share key findings from the study, including specifics on Volusia County, Florida. Read more

FEMA: President Declares Disaster for New York
July 8: The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 13-22, 2014. The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Steuben, and Yates counties. Read the full news release here.

PND: Red Cross Cites 'Trade Secrets' to Redact Details of Sandy Donations
June 30: The American Red Cross has refused a request to release full details on how Superstorm Sandy donations were spent citing the information is a "trade secret" according to reports. The organization says disclosing details such as procedures for fundraising, internal operations and confidential financial information would cause it to suffer competitive harm because competitors would be able to copy its model. Philanthropy News Digest reporter Justin Elliot spoke with Doug White, director of the fundraising management program at Columbia University, about American Red Cross ’ response the New York State’s Attorney General’s Office. Continue here
TSC: NYC Court Dismisses Criminal Kirpan Charges Against Sikh
July 22: A Queens Criminal Court dismissed charges against Maninder Singh for carrying two kirpans through an airport security checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  The Sikh Coalition represented Mr. Singh and explained the religious significance of kirpans and argued for religious exemptions for Sikhs to exercise their religion. Read more in the Sikh Coalition newsletter here.

HP: Immigration and Dying 9/11 Ground Zero Workers
July 15: Legislators are divided over the Zadroga Act set to expire in 2016.  The bill provides monitoring and treatment to 9/11 first responders and relief workers. Undocumented workers that cleared debris at Ground Zero are uniquely challenged due to their immigration status and are hoping an executive order on immigration would bring some relief. Huffington Post blogger Ryan Campbell interviews undocumented workers about the air quality during 9/11 and their concerns about the Zadroga Act expiration. Read more

Report: The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?
This report explores the challenges of retrofitting New York City’s existing multifamily rental build­ings to be more resilient to future storms and discusses some of the key challenges to implementing the retrofit strategies identified and possible policy reforms that may help multifamily rental buildings achieve long-term resilience. Access the report here.
Preparing for Extreme Heat
People living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than people living in rural regions. An increased health problem, especially for those with respiratory difficulties, can occur as a result of stagnant atmospheric conditions that trap pollutants in urban areas, thus adding unhealthy air to excessively hot temperatures. In addition, asphalt and concrete store heat longer, then gradually release it at night, which produces significantly higher nighttime temperatures in urban areas. Check out these links to learn how to keep safe during extreme heat.

About Extreme Heat
Extreme Heat Basics
Extreme Heat and Your Health
Heat Emergencies
Ready New York Beat the Heat Brochure
Learn more about preparing for a power outage
CDC: Extreme Heat

CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application
The application provides clear, concise, up-to-date medical and healthcare systems information to assist healthcare providers and public health professionals in the preparation, response, and management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombing events. Download the app for free on iTunes here.

Free Disaster Preparedness Apps Released in Spanish
Users of the free American Red Cross disaster preparedness apps can now easily choose to view content within the app in English or Spanish. The apps have information that can be accessed with or without an internet connection and provide advice, updates, and information about how to prepare and what to do during and after an emergency. Apps are available for download on iPhone and Android devices here.

Know Your Zone - NYC Hurricane Evacuation Awareness Campaign
New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a new "Know Your Zone" hurricane awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether they live in one of the city's six hurricane evacuation zones. For hurricane safety preparedness tips and information, or to request a Ready New York hurricane presentation, visit the Know Your Zone website or call 311.

Creating a City for ALL God’s People
July 29, 2014; 7:00pm
The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York
110-31 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11433
RSVP by clicking HERE

One year ago on June 13, 2013, Faith In New York and our partners in the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding brought together 1,400 clergy, people of faith, community, and labor leaders to dialogue with the candidates running for Mayor of New York City about our vision for a more equitable city, beginning with ensuring that the post-Hurricane Sandy rebuilding process addresses long-term racial and economic inequality in our city through the creation of good jobs and real affordable housing.  One year later, on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, over 1,000 New Yorkers of faith from across the City will join elected officials at a powerful and prophetic "Building a city for ALL God’s People" Faith & Community Summit to revisit the commitments we won last year.

Psychological First Aid Training
August 5, 2014; 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: TBD

LES Ready has partnered with Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness & Response to bring this training to the Lower East Side Community and the LES Ready Coalition members. This training is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Psychological First Aid is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.  Space is limited to 100 people. No previous mental health knowledge needed. Last day to RSVP is July 25th.

LTRG Sandy Recovery Planning Forum: Report Out & Goal Setting Workshop
August 7, 2014, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St, 11th Fl Conference Room
New York, NY

This workshop is a report out and goal setting workshop in follow-up to the LTRG Sandy Strategic Recovery Planning Forum held in June to address the main priorities LTRGs are facing regarding Superstorm Sandy recovery. Registration information is forthcoming. For more information, email New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS).

NYLAG Free Legal Consultation
August 11th, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Thriftway Pharmacy
2102 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Free legal counseling is available in the areas: FEMA Benefits, Housing, Homeowner’s & Flood Insurance, Build it Back and New York Rising, & Immigration Services. RSVP here or call NYLAG's Storm Response Hotline at (212) 584-3365.

Save the Date: Individual and Community Preparedness Workshop
August 12 - 13, 2014; 8:30am - 5:00pm
Ted Weiss Federal Building
290 Broadway - 30th Floor
New York, NY 10007

The Individual and Community Preparedness Workshop will present best practices and innovative techniques for preparing the whole community, including presentations on the Public and Private Sectors, Access and Functional Needs, Faith-Based Organizations, Voluntary Organizations, and Youth programs. This whole community approach ensures that through collaboration, individuals and communities will be better prepared and more resilient.  If you have questions, please contact: Claire Thomas, Community Preparedness Officer, FEMA Region II at (212) 680-8641 or via email.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Training Day
August 13, 2014, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St., 11th FL
New York, NY
Register here

This training is being presented by New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and is intended to teach New York City DCM Supervisors and DCMs how to present cases to the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.  The Roundtable is a source of cash assistance, loans and discounted/tax-free appliances and building supplies for those impacted by Sandy, regardless of immigration status. This training is open to any disaster case manager from any agency. This training is required before a DCM can apply to the Roundtable on behalf of their client’s unmet needs.

EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Free Trainings
August 16 (Sp); 8:30am-5:00pm
September 13 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
August 17 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
September 14 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
October 11 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
December 6 (Sp); 8:30am-5:00pm
October 12 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
December 7 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm

Healthy Homes Program
125 Worth St,
3rd FL Boardroom,
New York, NY 10013
For information or to register call 646-632-6094 or 646-632-6023, or email

The RRP training classes are sponsored by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LPPP) for free. The RRP training classes provide information on how to work safely in areas with lead paint and are taught by a knowledgeable, certified trainer. In addition to the RRP curriculum, the requirements for lead-safe work practices under NYC’s Local Law 1 are taught. If you successfully complete this class, you will be eligible to become an EPA Certified Renovator! People interested in taking this course must be able to read, write, and speak in the language of the training class.

Save the Date: People’s Climate March   
September 21, 2014
Location: TBD

In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history. In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization - in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media.

Disaster Chaplain Training
September 29-30, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St., New York, NY
For more information and registration click here. Through a training partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) will offer our two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course in NYC at MCNY.  This course prepares chaplains and religious leaders to volunteer with NYDIS in mass-care settings - or, within their houses of worship, religious community or professional institution.  Tuition is $145.
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