Habitat for Humanity Announces HSNJRF ReStore Voucher Program
Habitat Monmouth County Voucher Program for Sandy Families Funded by First Lady's Org
Matawan, NJ – A $500,000 grant from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will allow Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County to repair 30 storm-damaged homes and distribute 50 vouchers to eligible families for the organization’s ReStore. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is a home improvement and furniture resale outlet; the store recently relocated to a larger location in downtown Freehold and helps Sandy affected families with the purchase affordable appliances and construction materials.
“Many residents are still working to rebuild and the continued efforts of organizations like Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County is both needed and appreciated. I applaud Habitat’s long-term commitment to building safe, secure and affordable housing for New Jerseyans impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. “The Relief Fund is proud to continue working alongside New Jersey’s nonprofit community and groups like Habitat for Humanity to help find solutions for families in need of housing assistance.”
The ReStore voucher program is designed to help Sandy affected homeowners replace major items including home furnishings, appliances and other household items that were lost or damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Eligible homeowners can review criteria and download applications for the ReStore vouchers on Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County’s website http://www.habitatmonmouth.org. After applications are reviewed and vetted, eligible homeowners will be invited to spend up to $1,000 at the ReStore located at 45 South Street in Freehold on essential items needed for the home.
“We are fortunate to have an incredible partner in the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund,” said Nancy Doran, president, Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County. “Not only have they
provided us with the support to help rebuild our families homes, they have offered additional assistance to help get homeowners back to normal through the ReStore voucher program. We are most grateful to the First Lady of New Jersey and the staff of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund for their incredible partnership over the last two years,” she added.
The ReStore is a national Habitat model that brings operating revenue back into the affiliate to help fund affordable housing projects. It is a cost-effective outlet for home improvement projects that is open to the public. Quality used and surplus building materials are available at reduced prices. The inventory for the store is donated from individuals, corporations or other organization from across the service area of Habitat in Monmouth County. Along with a core staff, the store will rely on volunteers for much of its daily operations.
Applications for Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County’s Critical Home Repairs program and the ReStore voucher program are available at http://www.habitatmonmouth.org. Information about Habitat’s efforts can also be obtained by calling Maureen Maguire, Family Outreach Coordinator at 732.728.0441, ext. 303.
About Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County
Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County (HFHMC), serving Northeast and Western Monmouth County, is a newly merged affiliate of Habitat for Humanity with the mission to put God's love into action. The organization brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope and a vision of realizing a decent place to live. HFHMC seeks to eliminate sub-standard housing and help low-income families achieve the dream of homeownership through its service area and works with communities to develop affordable housing where people can live and raise their families. In 2013, the affiliate hosted a Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project site in Union Beach to continue Sandy Relief projects in the area. The combined affiliate has built 44 new homes and assisted over 90 families in Sandy related projects in Monmouth County. HFHMC currently services 83% of Monmouth County and includes the following towns and municipalities: Aberdeen, Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Matawan, Middletown, Millstone Township, Monmouth Beach, Morganville, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, Union Beach, and West Long Branch.
About the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization chaired by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie. The Relief Fund has awarded more than $37.2 million in support of New Jersey’s long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy. To date, 106 nonprofit organizations have been awarded a grant from the Relief Fund to fund programs focused on housing assistance, legal counseling, economic development, mental health support and social services. To learn more about the Relief Fund’s grants visit: http://sandynjrelieffund.org or follow @sandynjrelief.