New York pledges $27 million for undocumented immigrants affected by Hurricane Ida

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New York's undocumented residents affected by Hurricane Ida's remnants can from Monday apply for aid from the state's new $27 million relief fund.

Why it matters: This policy would help fill the gap left by FEMA as many undocumented immigrants are ineligible for FEMA relief regarding the storm, which caused widespread flooding across the northeastern U.S.

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Details: New York state will donate $20 million and New York City will donate $7 million, per the New York Times.

  • Fewer than 1,200 households are expected to receive aid and will receive around $72,000, the NYT notes.

  • There are 500,000 undocumented immigrants in New York City, so the number of applicants is likely to be higher than 1,200, per the NYT.

  • The application deadline is Nov. 26.

What they're saying: Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement that the action meant officials could "close gaps in aid and help New Yorkers in need."

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio added: "Regardless of documentation status, we will get support to the most recent victims of our climate crisis and are here to help every step of the way."

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