3 Days Left for FEMA to Fix a Broken 9/11 Aid Program Maloney & Colleagues Call for Overhaul of Individual & Family Grants Program and Extension of Deadline

Nov 27, 2002
Press Release
NEW YORK: With just three days to go before the arbitrary ending of an application period for a vital 9/11 aid program, New York members of Congress are urging FEMA today to fix serious problems in the program that prevented many 9/11 victims from receiving much needed help, and then to extend the deadline for applicants.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, together with Reps. Jose Serrano and Edolphus Towns, urged FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh in a letter today to 1) immediately takeover management of the IFG program from the State Labor Department, 2) reform and publicly clarify guidelines for the program so people who are still in need can actually understand what is available to them, and 3) extend the registration period for the IFG program, with the reformed and clarified rules, in recognition of the program's failures to date. The letter, detailing numerous problems in the management of the IFG program, follows this release.

Congresswoman Maloney, who has written and organized eight Congressional letters to FEMA officials and to Governor Pataki urging the reform of the IFG program, said today, "It would be an absolute shame to let the IFG program expire with all the failures it has had in getting help to people in need. Rather than put band-aids on a broken program, FEMA should take it over, fix it, and extend the application deadline so people can actually get the help that's been needed all along after 9/11. With hundreds of new applicants a day, and delays in reviewing applications through April of 2003, there's no doubt in my mind that the State failed 9/11 applicants in the way the IFG program was managed. We are now three days away from seeing the end of a program that never even got off the ground in a way that fully helped people who needed it after 9/11"

Rep. Maloney also supported the work of the Urban Justice Center related to the reform of the IFG program in a statement today, and the unified efforts of a host of New York services and advocacy groups on behalf of those affected by 9/11. Today's Congressional letter details concerns about the IFG program including poor management, inadequate public outreach, confusing and arbitrarily restrictive guidelines, and the inequitable distribution of aid through the program. The seven previous letters authored by Congresswoman Maloney and signed by numerous New York members of Congress, including the first letter from September 13, 2002, are included below and can be found at https://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/index.html