Jersey Journal: Two Hudson County nonprofits getting $244,800 from Sandy Relief
Ann Ferrer | Jersey Journal
Two Hudson County nonprofits that assist victims getting $244,800 from Sandy Relief Fund
Two Hudson County organizations have been granted $244,800 from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Hudson County are two of 13 recipients to share in more than $3.7 million distributed in the relief fund's latest round of giving.
The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation Hurricane Sandy initiative was granted $150,000 that will be used to provide rental assistance to 65 families, home repairs to about 10 families, and assist seniors with cleaning up damaged belongings, officials said.
Executive Director of the Bayonne EOF Ana Quintela said she learned of the grant award by phone Wednesday.
Quintela said the group is currently using funds from a Robin Hood Foundation grant it received in January to help residents.
"Under the Robin Hood grant we've been able to pay up to $5,000 in rent," Quintela said, adding that with the funds it was just granted it may be able to pay up to $10,000 in rental assistance.
Quintela said the funds have not fully been allocated and residents seeking assistance have to apply for and meet certain criteria.
"The funds are for people who sustained damage, who didn't have insurance, or anyone who sustained high costs of damage," Quintela said.
Habitat for Humanity of Hudson County's Helping Hands program was granted $94,800 that will used to pay for home repairs over a three-month period for low-income individuals, the release said.
The board of the relief fund, which is chaired by Mary Pat Christie, the first lady of New Jersey, will meet again in two weeks to approve more grant requests for the remaining $6.3 million in this grant cycle, the release stated.
The private charitable organization has raised $32 million since it was launched on Nov. 2, 2012.
For more information, visit www.sandynjrelieffund.org