Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Volunteer Center Awarded $3.785 Million for Sandy Recovery Program

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County has been awarded a $3.785 million contract by the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders to administer the Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP), a temporary relief program to assist individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis resulting from Superstorm Sandy.
The Volunteer Center coordinates the Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations active in Disaster), which established a Long Term Recovery project in Moonachie that has to date provided assistance to hundreds of Bergen County residents impacted by the storm.
SHRAP provides up to $15,000 for mortgage, rent and utility payments over a period of six months to individuals and families with Sandy-related expenses and also covers costs for certain essential household items. Details about the program can be found at http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/shrap/
“We are pleased to be able to provide this service,” says Janet Sharma, executive director of the Volunteer Center and chair of the VOAD.  “Even this long after Superstorm Sandy, many residents are still struggling.  SHRAP will be able to help many in their recovery efforts.”
In addition to the SHRAP funds, the VOAD has received nearly $2 million in grants from such private sources as the Robin Hood Foundation, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Red Cross, Points of Light and several local and faith-based organizations.  Most of those funds have been allocated to assist residents with rebuilding and other unmet needs.
To make an appointment to apply for SHRAP, call the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information Center in Moonachie at (201) 906-6738.

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