Tinton Falls, NJ, October 9, 2013 –The American Red Cross today awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs roundtables formed to help disaster-affected Monmouth and Ocean County households.
The Red Cross grants will be used to repair and rebuild approximately 370 disaster affected homes to safe, secure and sanitary conditions and provide disaster case management services to help residents achieve long-term, sustainable recovery goals.
“Towns in Ocean and Monmouth County were among the hardest hit by Sandy, and the Red Cross is committed to helping these impacted communities come back stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “By partnering with the Long Term Recovery Groups here, we will continue to support Sandy survivors until all affected residents recover.”
The Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group will use its $1.85 million Red Cross grant to assist approximately 350 individuals and families whose primary household was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, prioritizing those residents most in need of service or funding. This assistance includes construction materials and rebuilding services, development and coordination of individualized long-term disaster recovery plans and volunteer labor.
“With a high concentration of vulnerable populations who were struggling to manage pre-storm living costs, the destruction of Sandy devastated so many of our Ocean County residents. We are grateful for the support of the Red Cross and with this grant, we will be able to meet the challenges and unique unmet needs of our affected households,” said Ted Gooding, chairperson for the Ocean Couth Long Term Recovery Group.
The Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (MCLTRG) will prioritize and address the long-term recovery needs of Monmouth County residents who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. With its $1.1 million Red Cross grant, the MCLTRG will address the greatest of these needs, home repair and rebuilding assistance.
“The generous funding of the Red Cross will help 150 Monmouth County residents repair or rebuild their homes that were damaged or destroyed in the storm,” said Tim Hearne, treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group. “Together, we are enabling our local families to rebuild their homes and their lives.”
Donations to the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey nearly a year after the storm. In addition to the two grants announced today, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Rebuilding Together, Lutheran Disaster Response, Catholic Charities USA, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, World Renew, NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, the Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc., Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group and Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and cons truction services. Additional New Jersey community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.
The Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $272 million—nearly 90 percent of the donated funds – as of August 31. More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at http://www.redcross.org/sandy-response.