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Hudson, Union & Essex Groups Receive $925,000 for Sandy Recovery

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"This funding will go a long way in helping residents of Hudson, Union and Essex Counties rebuild and recover.”

The American Red Cross awarded three grants totaling more than $925,000 to the Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee, the Union County Long Term Recovery Group and the Essex County Long Term Recovery Group.

These new grants bring the total Red Cross funding to the New Jersey Long Term Recovery Groups in the nine most impacted counties to nearly $6 million.

The Red Cross grants will be used to conduct assessments of residents in affected areas to determine damages and remaining unmet needs, assign case managers to help clients develop a recovery plan and to repair and rebuild homes across all three counties.

“The Red Cross has worked with our New Jersey communities since the early days of the storm response and will continue throughout the recovery process,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “This funding will go a long way in helping residents of Hudson, Union and Essex Counties rebuild and recover.”

“We are excited to be partnering with the Red Cross to restore safe housing for so many families and individuals in our community, and grateful for this assistance to Hudson County,” said Michelle Loughlin, secretary of the Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee.

The Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee will use its $490,000 Red Cross grant to provide assistance to 85 homes that require major repairs in the hardest hit areas, including Hoboken, Bayonne, Secaucus and Jersey City. Priority funding will be given to medium to low income families, the elderly and disabled.

“In Union County, we will use our $235,788 Red Cross grant to work with 100 Sandy survivors as they move towards a sustainable living situation,” said Brooks Smith, chairperson of the Union County Long Term Recovery Group. “The funding will allow us to help meet the previously unmet needs of many Sandy survivors in Union County.”

“The Essex County Long Term Recovery Group has developed a comprehensive strategic plan to assist the communities of the Ironbound and Essex County recover from their losses suffered from Superstorm Sandy,” said William Brown, co-chairperson of the Essex County Long Term Recovery Group. “We are grateful to the Red Cross for providing a $200,000 grant which will help stabilize the lives of our affected residents.”

The Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $280 million—more than 90 percent of the donated funds – as of September 30. More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.

About the Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee:

The Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee came into fruition in early 2013 as a response to Superstorm Sandy and is a voluntary association of entities committed to relief, recovery and rebuilding associated with the disaster in Hudson County.

About the Union County Long Term Recovery Group:

The Union County Long Term Recovery Group consists of representatives of Sandy impacted communities, faith groups, the United Way, Hope and Healing, American Red Cross, Occupy Sandy, NJ Legal Services and local churches and community organizations. Our mission is to assist Hurricane Sandy survivors in Union County to fully recover from the disaster and to promote preparedness to minimize the impact of future disasters.

About the Essex County Long Term Recovery Group:

The goal of the Essex County Long Term Recovery Group is to provide coordinated management of long- term recovery assistance to residents of Essex County, New Jersey who have been affected by a disaster and who do not have the personal resources for basic needs in order to help return their lives to normalcy. Members include representatives from The Salvation Army, United Way of Essex & West Hudson, Episcopal Diocese of Newark, NJ Lutheran Social Ministries, NJ State Police, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, FEMA, ICNA Relief USA, Community Food Bank of NJ, Newark Community Corporation, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark, Ironbound Community Corporation, NJ Hope and Healing, Essex Newark Legal Services, Mental Health Association of Essex County, World Renew, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Hope, and The American Red Cross.