The Bergen County Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Committee has been awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to assist residents with recovery from the storm. A collaborative effort by 50+ organizations which have banded together to help with the recovery effort, the LTRC is coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.
The Robin Hood Foundation is providing a new grant of $250,000 to assist low-income and working-class residents recover from the devastation caused by the storm. Grants can range to up to $10,000 per family, and can be used to pay bills or purchase gift cards, appliances, supplies, materials or services.
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, whose honorary chair is New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie, is providing a grant of $350,000 to help residents and small businesses recover from Hurricane Sandy. These funds will also help with administration of the Recovery Information Center. Disaster case managers working with the LTRC assess needs of storm survivors and present requests to the LTRC's Unmet Needs Committee, which determines how the funds will be allocated.
Since Hurricane Sandy struck over one year ago, and with the new grants included, the Robin Hood Foundation has awarded a total of $750,000 and the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund has awarded $950,000 to the Bergen County LTRC. To date the LTRC has assessed the needs of over 700 residents, and actively engaged 11 case managers who are working directly with more than 400 families.
Bergen County residents who still need assistance with recovery from Hurricane Sandy are asked to call the LTRC's Recovery Information Center, in Moonachie, NJ, at 201-470-3143 to make an appointment for an intake assessment.