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Eligibility & Exposure Zone


  • Anyone who was in the Exposure Zone on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed may be eligible for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Program.
  • The WTC Exposure Zone is an area extending south from Houston Street in Lower Manhattan and covering a 1.5 mile radius from Ground Zero including a western edge of Brooklyn.
  • Establishing where you were inside this zone determines which 9/11 programs you may be eligible for.

Were You There On 9/11 Or In The Months That Followed?

The most important question in determining your eligibility for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) or World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) is; were you inside the exposure zone in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed. Placing yourself inside the exposure zone means that you spent time breathing in the toxic air from the smoke and debris of the World Trace Center.

What is the 9/11 Exposure Zone?

The 9/11 Exposure Zone is an area of Lower Manhattan extending south from Houston Street and covering a 1.5 mile radius around the Ground Zero attack site. This zone is made up of two overlapping areas that determine which program a 9/11 victim could be eligible for:

  • WTCHP Eligibility starts at Houston Street and extends south covering a 1.5 mile radius around the Ground Zero. A part of western Brooklyn, NY is included in this area.
  • VCF Eligibility is an area defined as south from Canal Street and west of Clinton Street, covering all of Lower Manhattan south of those boundaries.
Map of the 9/11 Exposure Zone in Lower Manhattan New York City

Who Is Eligible For Compensation & Free Health Care?

The short answer is everyone that was exposed to the toxic air within the Exposure Zone mentioned above. This includes Lower Manhattan office workers, residents, teachers, students, clean-up workers, construction crews, responders, volunteers and firefighters, police, and EMTs who lived worked or went to school in the exposure zone.

For specific information about the eligibility of these groups of survivors:

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Helping For All 9/11 Victims

The 9/11 attorneys at Barasch & McGarry have helped thousands determine their eligibility, file their claim, and receive over $3 Billion from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Call us at 888-351-9421 or contact us online to see if you qualify.

Eligibility & Exposure Zone

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