Community Residents and Those Who Worked Below Houston Street or Went To School in That Area Can Apply for Compensation Under the Zadroga 9-11 Victims Compensation Act
In response to some confusion about who is covered by the compensation provisions of the Zadroga bill (and the medical monitoring provisions) Congressman Nadler asked the Congressional Research Service to address the issue about whether community residents, and those who went to school and worked below Houston Street were covered. Reprinted below is the CRS’ response. Advocates for Justice will be processing claims from such people. Use the “Contact me” box on the right side of this blog post.
From the Congressional Research Service:
Are NYC residents who were in the vicinity of Ground Zero eligible?
The WTCHP is required to provide benefits to eligible survivors. Survivors are persons who may have
been affected by these attacks because they lived, worked, or attended school in areas near the sites of
According to the Act, the following groups of survivors are eligible for the WTCHP:
• Persons currently eligible for medical treatment and monitoring by the WTC Health
Center (referred to as currently identified survivors).
• Persons who claim symptoms of a WTC-related health condition and who meet eligibility
criteria relating to specific dates and locations of activities on and after September 11,
2001 (referred to as survivors who meet current eligibility criteria). A complete list of
eligibility criteria for these responders is provided in Appendix II to this memorandum.
• Survivors who meet additional eligibility criteria established by the Program
Administrator (referred to as survivors who meet modified eligibility criteria).
A certified-eligible WTC survivor is an eligible survivor who is certified by the Program Administrator to
be eligible for follow-up monitoring and treatment. As noted earlier, there is a limit of 25,000 certifiedeligible
WTC survivors. This limit does not include currently identified survivors. The Program
Administrator will also limit certifications to ensure sufficient funds are available to provide treatment
and monitoring, and will prioritize certifications based on the order in which a person applies.
The full CRS Question and Answer format report cab be found at: