For Immediate Release:

October 29, 2014

Contact: Eileen Lofrese  

elofrese@sandynjrelieffund.org 

HURRICANE SANDY NEW JERSEY RELIEF FUND ANNOUNCES FINAL GRANTS 
TOTALING $3.5 MILLION  
Morristown, N.J. (October 29) - Today the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, announced $3.5 million in new grant awards to 15 nonprofit organizations. The announcement brings the amount awarded by the First Lady's Relief Fund to more than $37.2 million since the storm. 

 

"Building back from Sandy has shown the true spirit of the New Jersey people. We support one another, look out for each other and pull together when disaster strikes to help our neighbors and communities in need," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. "The Relief Fund is proud to be an active partner in the recovery effort, supporting 106 nonprofit organizations that have assisted more than 300,000 New Jerseyans. Today we mark two years since Sandy, but more importantly we recognize and give thanks for the leadership, service and generosity of countless volunteers, donors, nonprofits and local leaders who have made recovery possible."

The largest grant announced today provides an additional $1 million in support of the Gap Funding Initiative (GFI), administered by New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC). According to NJCC President Wayne T. Meyer, "The Relief Fund has now committed $6 million in total to GFI. This additional funding will move 50 families off of our wait list and one step closer to the completion of their home. New Jersey Community Capital is honored to partner with the Relief Fund, an organization without which the state's recovery would have been far less effective.

A majority of the Relief Fund's final awards went to organizations providing housing assistance, including more than $750,000 in support of two Habitat for Humanity chapters. "The First Lady's Relief Fund continues to lead the Sandy rebuilding efforts with its genuine, heart-felt commitment to the nonprofits and people of New Jersey," said Sue Fichtner, Executive Director of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity. "We are proud and humbled to walk with the Relief Fund over the next year rebuilding homes in Ocean County."

The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will continue to post all grant awards on its website and track distributed dollars from start to finish, ensuring our grantees deliver the promised assistance to families and communities. For a complete list of the Relief Fund's 106 grant recipients click hereTo learn more about the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund's work watch our Two Year Impact Video

HSNJRF GRANT AWARDS OCTOBER 29, 2014

Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group
$200,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Atlantic City
Description: Serve 60 people with case management and direct unmet needs assistance. 

Bergen County VOAD Long Term Recovery Group
$100,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Bergen County
Description: Provide unmet needs and rebuilding assistance for an additional 25 families.

Caregiver of New Jersey
$100,000
Mental Health & Social Services
Serving: Monmouth & Ocean Counties
Description: Provide disaster case management services to 140 families and individuals.

Church of the Visitation Relief 
$100,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Ocean County
Description: Support Visitation Relief Center recovery services for 200 individuals. 

Classis New Brunswick Community Development
$99,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Middlesex, Monmouth & Ocean Counties
Description: Rebuild 40 homes. 

Community Loan Fund of New Jersey
$1,000,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Statewide
Description: Provide 50 families currently on the GFI wait list with gap funding support.

Gateway Church of Christ
$208,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Monmouth County
Description: Complete 25 home repair projects. 

Habitat for Humanity Monmouth County
$500,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Monmouth County
Description: Repair 20 homes and provide appliances and furnishings for an additional 100 individuals. 

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County
$90,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Atlantic County
Description: Aid 50 families with housing assistance.

Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group
$100,000 
Housing Assistance
Serving: Monmouth
Description: Hire two additional disaster case managers to connect 150 residents with recovery resources.

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity
$253,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Ocean County
Description: Rebuild 12 homes. 

Preferred Behavioral Health of New Jersey
$150,000
Mental Health & Social Services
Serving: Ocean County
Description: Serve 450 individuals/families with case management, crises counseling and clinical services. 

St. Bernard Project
$250,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Monmouth
Description: Support the development of a RREM Bridge Program to connect nonprofit builders with RREM approved homeowners. Additional funding supports construction materials for home repairs and rebuilds. 

Union County Long Term Recovery Group
$250,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Union County
Description: Provide 100 families with direct financial unmet needs assistance.

United Way of Essex and West Hudson
$100,000
Housing Assistance
Serving: Essex County
Description: Complete 10 home repair projects.

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About the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc. is a private independent charitable organization, not formed or controlled by, or affiliated with the State of New Jersey or any of its agencies or offices. The fund is registered with the Charities Registration and Investigation Section of the Division of Consumer Affairs under the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey.