For eligibility purposes, applicants to the World Trade Center Health Program (“WTCHP”) and claimants with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) must have been physically present at a 9/11 crash site Ground Zero, The Pentagon, or Shanksville, PA or within the NYC Exposure Area. The exposure area differs for the WTCHP and the VCF. The WTCHP employs a broader definition that encompasses the area of Manhattan south of Houston Street and any block in Brooklyn that is wholly or partially contained within a 1.5-mile radius of the former World Trade Center site. As you can see in the map below, the WTCHP differentiates between responders and survivors who have different eligibility criteria Responders must have been present below Canal Street while survivors must have been present below Houston Street or within the 1.5 mile radius into Brooklyn. In general, responders require a lower number of hours of exposure than survivors to be eligible for the WTCHP. and access to medical treatment Responders are entitled to an annual checkup even if they have no medical issues whereas survivors must have symptoms of at least one covered condition. Responders also have access to a broader range of treatment locations within the Metropolitan New York City Area. .
WTCHP Exposure Zone
The VCF employs a smaller NYC Exposure Area defined as the area in Manhattan south of the line that runs along Canal Street from the Hudson River to the intersection of Canal Street and East Broadway, north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and east on Clinton Street to the East River.
VCF Exposure Zone
Both the WTCHP and VCF may consider the eligibility of individuals who worked at Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, or other areas related to, or along, routes of debris removal, such as barges used in the cleanup and garages where 9/11 dust covered vehicles were stored or cleaned.