'Rebuilding Union Beach' Helps Displaced Families Return Home After Sandy
Project co-funded by the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund & Robin Hood Foundation
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Five-year-old Kaelynn Shane (left) takes the hand of Mary Pat Christie as the youngster shows off her new bedroom to the First Lady inside the Shane's new house, one of the first provided by the 'Rebuilding Union Beach' program that will provide 15 storm-resistant, ecofriendly, modular homes to eligible Union Beach families who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy. 6/18/14 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)
UNION BEACH — Robert and Mary Ann Shane plan to move out of their rental and into their newly-built home on Herbert Street in Union Beach by the end of the week.
Bob and Diana Hoffman expect to move out of their relative’s garage and into their newly-built home on Florence Avenue by the end of the month.
And by the end of the summer, ten other families in the borough battered by Hurricane Sandy are also expected to move into new homes, all of which were constructed through a project called Rebuilding Union Beach that aims to return families to more durable homes. More than 80 percent of the 2,400 homes in the borough flooded with at least two feet of water during the 2012 storm.
“Right after the storm, when I came in, and after seeing the total devastation my first thought was what an amazing opportunity to rebuild and rebuild strong and safe,” borough administrator Jennifer Wenson Maier said today at a news conference outside of the Shanes’ new home. “And that’s what we did.”
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