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There are numerous resources available to help individuals and families cope with the events of September 11, whether it's financial assistance, air quality testing or counseling.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, several months after the attacks, many New Yorkers continued to report suffering from depression and post-tramatic stress associated with September 11. Numerous organizations are available to help, including the following mental health services:
Many people living, working, volunteering, or visiting Lower Manhattan have been concerned about the short-term and long-term health risks in the aftermath of the attacks. The following links provide resources regarding your personal health.
Individuals or families having trouble meeting basic needs due to the events of September 11 should consult the following organizations for assistance:
Safe Horizon Center: Since 1979, Safe Horizon has operated Community Programs in New York City to support, educate, and advocate for victims of crime and abuse. Currently Safe Horizon has six Community Programs throughout the five boroughs serving more than 4,000 individuals each year. Safe Horizon's Community Programs offer the following services: Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Practical/Emergency Assistance, Information and Referrals, Individual Counseling, Support Groups, Advocacy, and Community/Public Education Presentations. Please visit http://www.safehorizon.org/page.php?page=wherehelp for contact information to obtain assistance.
Air Conditioner/Air Purifier/HEPA Filter Vacuum Reimbursement-New York City residents in all five boroughs may be eligible for up to $1550 reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for air purifiers, HEPA filter vacuum cleaners, and the repair or replacement of air conditioners. Register with FEMA at 800-462-9029 or 800-621-3362. For more information visit the FEMA website or the New York State IFG website.
For reimbursement on an older air conditioner, call The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) at 1-877-NYSMART.
Air Quality Information- For information and answers to questions on environmental conditions in Lower Manhattan, please call the Lower Manhattan Air Quality Hotline at (212) 221-8635 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
* Resources information provided by http://www.LowerManhattan.info.