On Dec. 13, representatives from four organizations awarded American Red Cross grants to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy spoke about the work they were doing, how to access services, and other available resources.
The presentation to Red Cross case managers was given by Dave Rippon, director of Sandy programs, Local Initiatives Support Coalition; Steven Herrick, executive director, Cooper Square Committee; Lisa Orloff, executive director, World Cares Center; and Xavian James, disaster case manager, Henry Street Settlement.
“Our mold program, thanks to support from Red Cross, has completed close to 1,940 homes,” Rippon said.
The Red Cross partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for the $15 million mold treatment program.
A $400,000 Red Cross grant to World Cares Center (WCC) is providing training for 36,000 volunteers to conduct muck-outs, mold remediation and other forms of rebuilding support throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. WCC is working in partnership with community-based organizations, elected officials and National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) to ensure an adequately-trained volunteer workforce can help Sandy-affected individuals and families in the recovery process.
The Cooper Square Committee is using a $150,000 Red Cross grant to provide housing assistance to storm-affected residents of high-rise cooperative communities in the Lower East Side by enrolling their buildings in public benefit programs and/or linking them with private contractors to perform structural repairs.
Also on the Lower East Side, a $79,567 grant to Henry Street Settlement is providing disaster case management services to 120 individuals and families over a 10-month period. This assistance includes connecting Sandy survivors with social service resources such as mental health support, employment counseling and other programs to assist them in their recovery.
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.