New York City

Those Who Lived, Worked Near Ground Zero Can Still File 9/11 Health Claims

What to Know

  • There will be a town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday for people to learn more about the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund
  • People who lived or worked near Ground Zero can for health care or compensation from the fund.
  • More than 5,000 people have been diagnosed with cancers or other diseases thought to be linked to the attacks.

Victims diagnosed with 9/11 related-illnesses such as cancer can still file for compensation -- and officials are planning an informational town hall Wednesday night to try to help raise awareness.

Justice Department officials said victims with health issues can be eligible to file a claim for compensation any time within two years of having learned their illness can be linked to the 2001 terror attacks.

There is no deadline to file a claim for those who were living south of Canal Street, according to a spokesman for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. In addition, compensation is also still available for victims who were south of Houston Street.

Officials said anyone who lived or worked near Ground Zero during the attacks can also attend this informational session.

Dr. Joan Reibman of the World Trade Center Survivor Program and Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya will join Brewer to explain the two programs and answer questions.

The town hall is set for 6:30 p.m. on  Wednesday night at 1 Centre Street on the 19th floor. You can RSVP to the event at

More than 5,000 cancer diagnoses have been linked to the toxic debris left behind after the Twin Towers fell -- including for a at least a dozen for students at Manhattan high schools. 

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