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Red Cross Awards $2.8M in Sandy Grants

Red Cross Awards $2.8M in Sandy Grants
The funding will support services for more than 600 individuals and families still recovering from the storm.

The American Red Cross today announced more than $2.8 million in grants to four New York nonprofit organizations to support long-term recovery services, including financial assistance and repair and rebuilding of homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The funding will support services for more than 600 individuals and families still recovering from the storm.

Nonprofit organizations receiving funding from the Red Cross today include Local Initiatives Support Corporation New York City (LISC NYC), All Hands Volunteers, St. Bernard Project, and New York Disaster Interfaith Services. These grants come near the two-year mark of Sandy's landfall, as recovery continues in the most damaged areas of New York City and Long Island. Grants from the Red Cross will help support recovery in those communities through 2015.

LISC NYC will receive a $1.725 million grant for a Home Repair Program that provides repair services for up to 550 high-need homeowners living in New York City who were affected by Sandy. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC (NRNYC), an affiliate of LISC NYC, will coordinate repairs in single-family homes in New York City that suffered damage from Sandy. LISC NYC has 30 years of experience working in New York City. The program will return homes to their pre-storm condition. Home repairs will be performed by both for-profit general contractors and volunteer organizations.

The Red Cross has previously awarded nearly $7 million to LISC NYC including nearly $2 million for the NRNYC Home Repair Program and nearly $5 million for a Mold Treatment Program. The Mold Treatment Program is the largest coordinated effort in New York City to address mold and water damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

"The successful partnership between the Red Cross and LISC New York City has allowed the NRNYC Mold Treatment Program to successfully treat mold in more than 2,000 homes and the NRNYC Home Repair Program to rebuild over 175 homes to date," said Denise Scott, Executive Vice President for Programs, LISC. "This partnership, which was created in the immediate aftermath of Sandy, serves as a model for how organizations can work collaboratively to help individuals and communities recover from natural disasters."

All Hands Volunteers is receiving $500,000 from the Red Cross to recruit, train and engage 400 volunteers in repairing the homes of 15 to 20 families in Brooklyn affected by the storm. Since Sandy, All Hands has been on-the-ground, in both Long Island and Staten Island, having deployed over 4,000 volunteers to assist in mucking and gutting, mold remediation, and the repair of affected homes. Without funding support from the Red Cross, All Hands would have been unable to continue with home repairs in those communities.

"While Sandy has faded from the headlines, this grant is critical in allowing us to address the significant unmet needs that families in Brooklyn still face," said Erik Dyson, CEO of All Hands Volunteers. "Using dedicated and committed volunteers we will leverage grant dollars to help as many people as possible."

Friends of Rockaway, an affiliate of St. Bernard Project, will receive a $325,000 Red Cross grant to purchase materials needed to repair or rebuild 15 to 25 homes. This funding is in addition to $1.417 million in Red Cross grants Friends of Rockaway has already received to hire local, skilled labor - plumbers, electricians and carpenters- to help rebuild 151 homes in the Rockaway Peninsula.

New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) is receiving $255,500, which is in addition to $5.822 million in Red Cross grants previously awarded to the organization. NYDIS will use the grant to distribute direct financial assistance to Sandy-affected individuals and families through the Unmet Needs Roundtable program, an established long-term recovery resource that customizes assistance for eligible Sandy clients in need. NYDIS will also use the grant to coordinate housing placements for volunteers travelling to New York City to repair or rebuild Sandy-damaged homes.

Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater New York Region, said: "With help from our non-profit partners, the Red Cross will continue helping people affected by Sandy into 2015, the third year since Sandy struck. We are proud to work with these organizations to help people rebuild and recover."

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and thanks to the public's generous support, the Red Cross has received $311.5 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. The Red Cross has spent or committed $310 - more than 99 percent of the donated funds.

In New York State, the Red Cross has awarded more than $55 million in grants to nearly 60 government and nonprofit organizations to support a range of critical recovery needs including individual and casework services; housing repair; food assistance; physical and mental health services; and volunteer coordination.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.

About Local Initiatives Support Corporation NYC (LISC NYC):

LISC New York City is dedicated to helping low-income New York City neighborhoods become healthy communities of choice - good places to live, do business, work and raise families. Over the last 30 years, LISC New York City has invested $2 billion in housing, economic development and more. We have partnered with 75 community-based organizations to develop 33,000 affordable homes and apartments and more than 2 million square feet of commercial space. For more, on LISC NYC, visit www.lisc.org/nyc/. To learn more about national LISC, visit www.lisc.org.

About All Hands Volunteers:

Now in its 10th year of operation, All Hands Volunteers has completed 45 projects worldwide, by engaging over 30,000 volunteers, to help disaster impacted communities in the immediate aftermath of disasters and throughout the long-term recovery and rebuild process. Since Hurricane Sandy, All Hands has been on-the-ground, in both Long Island and Staten Island, having deployed over 4,000 volunteers to assist in mucking and gutting, mold remediation, and the repair of affected homes.

About Friends of Rockaway:

The mission of Friends of Rockaway, an affiliate of St. Bernard's Project, is to restore the community of Rockaway, Queens after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and build back the spirit of both the neighborhood and the residents stronger than ever before. Founded by Rockaway natives Michael Sinensky, Evan Abel, Chris Miles, Etan Fraiman, Joe Fraiman, Jordon Brown, Danny Brown and Melissa Sorger, Friends of Rockaway has helped neighbors with debris removal, residential gutting and mucking out, mold assessments and remediation, and the rebuilding of homes impacted by the hurricane through donations and grants. For more information please visit www.friendsofrockaway.org.

About New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS):

Since 2002, administered by NYDIS, the NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable has addressed the unmet needs of 9/11 victim families, survivors and health impacted recovery workers. After 2005, the Roundtable also assisted families evacuated to New York City after Hurricane Katrina. Since its inception it has distributed over $9 million in cash assistance and vouchers to meet the unmet needs of more than 4,600 9/11 and Katrina impacted individuals and families. Those clients' needs were presented by cases managers from over 100 different city-wide and neighborhood-based social service and mental health providers.

The NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable works in partnership with the Long Island Unmet Needs Roundtable, facilitated by the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. To learn more about the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, visit www.nydis.org.

NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based federation of service providers, charitable organizations and faith communities who work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City.