9/11 help programs

The September 11th Fund announced that enrollment for two of its programs will close on January 31, 2004. The deadline applies to the employee assistance program and the health care program. To qualify, interested persons must determine their eligibility by calling the September 11th Support Hotline at 1-866-689-HELP (4357) by January 15, 2004.

“We’re hoping that people will see this deadline and act now, not wait until the last minute,” said Jeanine Moss, a spokesperson for the fund.

The employee assistance program offers career counseling, job readiness training, job referrals, English classes and skills training and income support while in job training. It is open to surviving family members and the severely injured (regardless of pre-9/11 employment), and all displaced workers (regardless of immigration status) who lost jobs or experienced severe loss of income between September 11, 2001 and January 11, 2002, and worked south of Canal or in portions of Chinatown and Little Italy.

The health care program provides 12 months of health coverage to those who cannot afford to pay private health insurance premiums but who are not eligible for public health insurance programs.

Some of the fund’s programs will continue past the January 31, 2004 deadline. These include the mental health and substance abuse program and cash assistance based on need to people who were severely injured, surviving families of those killed in the disaster, and those who were displaced from their homes south of Chambers and west of Broadway as a direct result of the attacks. To learn more, call 1-866-689-4357.

The September 11th Fund was established the day of the terror attacks by the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City to meet the immediate and long-term needs of affected victims, families and communities.


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