When Sandy tore through Sayreville, New Jersey, the flood waters forced Christy Kenny and her pregnant daughter from their apartment and destroyed most of their possessions.
The Kennys entered the FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance program and were placed in a hotel in Edison, New Jersey. When the TSA program ended in April, the Kennys were still searching for a permanent housing solution and contacted the Red Cross for help.
Through the Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program, the Red Cross provided financial assistance needed to extend the Kennys’ stay at the hotel, while their caseworker also helped them search for a new apartment. This apartment hunt became an urgent priority, as Christy has brain cancer and the crucial chemotherapy treatment she needed was delayed as long as she was living at the hotel.
Working in partnership with Catholic Charities and the Long-Term Recovery Committee of Middlesex County, the Red Cross caseworker found a first-floor apartment with easy access for Christy, who will be wheelchair bound after her treatment. The apartment has a large backyard for her dogs and is in her hometown of Sayreville, close to the hospital.
The Red Cross work for the family continued, and included providing the apartment application fee, security deposit and animal fee, enabling Christy to move back to Sayreville and help her on her way to recovery.