Many thousands of people escaped the towers and the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks and thousands more lived, worked or went to school in Lower Manhattan. Many of these individuals lost friends and jobs or were displaced from their homes, workplaces and schools. Some have suffered physical and mental health illnesses.
VOICES developed programs to meet the unique needs of 9/11 survivors. Teleconference groups were formed specifically for them. At the Annual Information Forum, sessions were dedicated to survivors’ specific concerns and interests. Each year, we have conducted surveys to assess their evolving needs. Interviews of survivors have been conducted as part of the 9/11 Living Memorial Project and the Community Response Program conducted by the VOICES interns.
Presently, we are working with the World Trade Center Health Program to inform survivors about their eligibility and the application process for medical and mental health care under the program.
The programs that VOICES has conducted for 9/11 Survivors have contributed to the learning that informs VOICES ongoing work to assist other communities impacted by tragic events.