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Assistance programs for homeowners victimized by Sandy

The front yard of a home on Waukena

The front yard of a home on Waukena Avenue in Oceanside was taken up by a pile of discarded furniture and other items that were ruined by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

Wells Fargo is offering free assistance to mortgage customers affected by Sandy through Saturday, as first reported on Newsday’s business blog. But that’s just one of a handful of ongoing programs meant to help homeowners whose properties sustained damage during the superstorm.

Though many programs have been offered in the six weeks since the storm, there are still resources available to Long Islanders. Here’s a roundup of the remaining programs benefiting homeowners that Newsday has covered during the past month.

--  Today is your last chance to partake in a free legal clinic for homeowners from the Nassau County Bar Association at its Mineola headquarters.

--  At Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request, mortgage lenders have agreed to expedite the release of insurance money to Sandy victims.

-- South Shore towns of Babylon, Hempstead and Islip are waiving permit fees and certain zoning requirements for homeowners seeking to rebuild their homes. Westbury and Great Neck have similar programs.

-- Nassau County gave property owners three extra months to file for tax assessment reductions stemming from storm damage. The deadline is now April 1.

-- While not a formal program, it’s important to remember that Sandy victims can challenge insurers’ estimates of the damage. A challenge amounted to an extra $10,700 for at least one Long Islander.

-- Huntington residents call their Town Hall at 631-351-3021 for advice on compensation for damages.

-- Long Islanders whose homes have become uninhabitable have until Dec. 29 to contact FEMA and sign up for its Sheltering and Temprorary Essential Power program.

-- Homeowners and renters can call the state’s Department of Financial Services at 800-339-1759.

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