VCF Table 7: Claim Information

This table from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), current as of April 30, 2018, outlines how many claims have been submitted, have been deemed eligible, have received an award decision and also includes a dollar amount for each category of claimants included in the chart.

There are various categories included in the table-from regions of the three attack sites to the types of people who were exposed to the toxic air and materials at the sites. Any category that includes NYC refers to the “NYC Exposure Zone” which is 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; and any area related to or along the routes of debris removal, such as barges and Fresh Kills landfill.


There are several types of claimants seeking awards from the VCF. 

A responder is a person who, whether for a private employer, state or federal employer, member of the National Guard or on a volunteer basis, worked to rescue, recover, demolish or clean up debris at one of the 9/11 terrorist attack sites. The three attack sites are NYC, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Non-Responder NYC category refers to people whose everyday work took them in the “NYC Exposure Zone” from September 11, 2001 through May 30, 2002.

Other claimant categories include residents within NYC zone, students, childcare and adult care facility residents who lived or attended daily activities within the “Exposure Zone”.

Visitors, tourists and any other individual who was present in the ”NYC Exposure Zone” are categorized as NYC-Other Capacity.

The December 18, 2020 deadline to register for an award through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was determined by the Zadroga Act which was renewed in December of 2015. As of April 2018, 72,025 complete and unique registrations have been submitted to the VCF. 

Cover photo source U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Battles