RELIEF FUND AWARDS $1.1 MILLION IN GRANTS
Six Grants Dedicated to Economic Development, Social Services, Housing Assistance and Legal Services; Fund Also Announces Sandy Service Day
HSNJRF Press Release Staff
(Morristown, NJ) - The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is proud to announce six grants to non-profits aiding in the recovery effort across New Jersey. The $1.1 million in grant awards were approved by the Fund's Grants Committee earlier this week, and recipients have been notified. With today's announcement, the Fund has awarded more than 80 grants totaling $16.1 million.
"These grants again demonstrate our long-term commitment to rebuilding a stronger New Jersey. We are proud of the impact the Fund and our grantees have had in storm affected areas. With their help over 35,000 individuals have received case management services, roughly 29,000 volunteers have been mobilized, almost 20,000 students will benefit from technology repairs in schools, mental health support has been provided to 1,200 individuals and over 300 families have returned home," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Chair of the Relief Fund. "We know that nearly twelve months after Hurricane Sandy there is still an ample amount of work to be done and we remain thankful to our donors and grantee network who are out on the front lines rebuilding, comforting and aiding those still in need."
The Relief Fund is currently in its third grant cycle and expects to allocate an additional $4 million by October 31. Raising the total amount granted to $20.1 million. Eligible non-profits working in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts are encouraged to apply before the rolling grant cycle closes on October 3. The grant application can be found on the website: www.sandynjrelieffund.org.
Earlier this week, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund also announced "SANDY SERVICE DAY: Remember. Rebuild. Recover." Together with Jersey Cares the Fund will hold two statewide volunteer days, scheduled for October 26 and October 29. Sandy Service Day projects range from beach clean-ups and fence installation to debris removal and home repairs. Additional details can be found at www.jerseycares.org. Project registration opens on Monday, September 23. Join us for #SandyServiceDay.
September 19 HSNJRF Grant Awards
Affordable Housing Alliance Inc. - Permanent/ Emergency Replacement Housing - $125,000
Serving Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean County
Description: Address affordable rental housing needs through the purchase and installation of five new manufactured housing units. Those who are provided housing receive additional support such as housing counseling, social services, case management and furnishings assistance.
Community Health Law Project - Post Sandy Mental Health and Disability Case Management Project - $125,000
Serving Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean County
Description: Help 100 Sandy-affected individuals with mental illness and disabilities to access the services and resources they need for long term recovery and well-being.
Jersey Cares - Sandy Service Day - $160,000
Serving Atlantic, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean County
Description: Engage 5,000 volunteers in meaningful Sandy Service projects across 5 counties on Oct. 26 and Oct. 29 to benefit an estimated 10,000 individuals and families.
UCEDC - Storm Recovery Loan Program - $500,000
Serving Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Union County
Description: Assist and mentor an estimated 40 Sandy impacted small businesses with needed low-interest recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 2% for five years.
Your Grandmother's Cupboard- Sandy Essential Supplies - $16,000
Serving Monmouth and Ocean County
Description: Help 600 Sandy impacted families with basic living essentials through additional supplies, expanded hours at the Cupboard Pantry and Clothing Depot in Toms River and additional mobile distribution locations
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice - VLJ Disaster Legal Response Program - $266,000
Financial and Legal Counseling
Serving All Counties with focus on Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean County
Description: Continued support for Disaster Legal Response Program (DLRP) which provides legal assistance to Sandy survivors through a toll-free hotline, walk-in legal clinics and direct referrals for clients needing full representation. Program expects to help 600 clients with legal assistance 2014.