Red Cross Grant To Help With Mental, Physical Health Needs Of 9/11 Workers
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A major grant will help one city group continue to address the mental and physical health needs of workers who cleaned-up the World Trade Center site.
New York Disaster Interfaith Services is getting a $1.7 million Red Cross grant. The group is a coalition of faith and community-based service agencies.
It says the grant will allow them to continue addressing the pressing health and housing needs of recovery workers while they await a decision on their workers compensation claims.
The president of NYDIS says many members of the clean-up crews do not have insurance or are illegal immigrants. The group estimates that 1,000 recovery workers will benefit from the grant, and just in time.
They've seen a rise in recovery workers with mental and health problems within the last year, and say the increase is because those who haven't been treated before are getting worse.