Variety of Aid Still Available For Those Impacted by Sandy
Middlesex County Long-Term Recovery Group Supports Residents Impacted by Sandy
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TheLong-Term Recovery Group continues to support residents impacted by superstorm Sandy, connecting them with legal services, counseling and home repairs as they continue to navigate the storm recovery process.
According to Executive Director Candace Crane, the group has been working with people affected by Sandy to ensure that the needs of each are being met by nonprofit and government agencies.
“The biggest need is people realizing that the help is still out there,” Crane said. “Our goal is outreach. We are a nonprofit agency that’s helping people. A lot of people think we’re the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]. We’re not FEMA. A lot of people think they had to apply to FEMA or file a homeowners insurance claim. They don’t. We are looking to help people. We’re not looking to disqualify them.”
The group recently received a grant worth around $660,000 from theDepartment on Aging to assist those who are over the age of 60 or disabled to rebuild their primary residences.
“We understand that there’s a vulnerable population in need,” Crane said.
According to Crane, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund awarded $100,000 to the nonprofit to address the mental health needs of those impacted by the storm and case management services. The program pays for counseling with social workers and therapists and helps expand operational capacity.