Saturday forum on post-Sandy assistance

Residents of Westport and other shoreline communities in southwestern Connecticut still dealing with problems in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will have an opportunity Saturday to hear from representatives of federal agencies that can answer questions about relief programs available and how to apply.

The session, organized by the staff of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Norwalk Community College’s PepsiCo Theater, 188 Richards Ave., Norwalk.

On hand for the forum, which will have break-out sessions tailored for residential and business owners, will be representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the National Flood Insurance Program, and other state and federal agencies. In addition to Westport, officials from Fairfield, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Darien and Greenwich also plan to attend to answer municipality-specific questions about permits and other rebuilding requirements.

Homes and businesses in flood-prone areas damaged during Sandy may be eligible for federal assistance to be raised. Business owners can apply for low-interest loans with the SBA. Homeowners can also apply for low-interest loans and grants for home elevation or repairs, and additionally may eligible for FEMA displacement costs. Those who already have flood insurance through FEMA are still eligible for these programs.

There will be on-site registration for FEMA and SBA assistance.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Amy Lappos in Himes’ Bridgeport office at 866-453-0028 or

John Schwing