Red Cross Awards $1.1 Million to NJ Groups for Sandy Recovery

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These groups will administer case management, direct assistance and referrals for Sandy survivors.

Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend 92% of the money donated for Sandy

The American Red Cross has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to organizations supporting Latinos and New Jersey families with Sandy long-term recovery services in affected areas across the state. 

The Red Cross grants are $445,000 to the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD) of Perth Amboy, $225,000 to the Community Affairs and Resource Center of Asbury Park, 175,000 to Ironbound Community Corporation of Newark, and $327,000 to the Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey. These four organizations will administer case management, direct assistance and referrals to partner agencies for Sandy survivors in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic and Cape May Counties. 

“As part of our Red Cross recovery operation in New Jersey, we are working to identify underserved populations across the state that have not received recovery assistance, yet are still struggling to put their homes and lives back together after Sandy,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “These grants demonstrate our commitment to being there for all Sandy survivors in New Jersey.”  

“We applaud the American Red Cross for making a significant investment to help so many New Jersey Latino families still awaiting help,” said Yvonne Lopez, executive director and CEO, Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. “Thanks to the Red Cross, together with our partner agencies, we can take a giant step forward in expanding our bilingual services to identify and help these families recover and come back stronger.”

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and through the end of November, the Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend 92 percent of the donations for Sandy, or about $285 million of the $309 million in Sandy donations. 

Donations to the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey. In addition to the grants announced today, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Volunteer Center of Bergen County and the Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc., Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group, Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group, Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group, Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group, Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group, Union County Long Term Recovery Group, Essex County Long Term Recovery Group and the Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services. 

More information about Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at redcross.org/sandy-response

About the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD): 
PRAHD is dedicated to developing human potential and promoting self-sufficiency through programs designed to improve the social, economic, health and educational status of the community in a culturally sensitive environment. For more information, please visit on Facebook and at: http://www.prahd.org.