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The Red Cross: Continuing to Help in Sandy Recovery

The Red Cross: Continuing to Help in Sandy Recovery.
"I knew the Red Cross was with us and that whatever needed to be done would be done."

Learn how Red Cross donations have helped those affected by Sandy.

The American Red Cross has been on-the-ground for 19 months helping people recover from Superstorm Sandy with services such as individual assistance through case management and the Move-In Assistance Program and grants to support nonprofit partners and community-based organizations working to help people rebuild their lives.

Case Management

Trained Red Cross staff continues to provide compassionate case management assistance and help people develop recovery plans that address ongoing, disaster-related needs. Disaster case managers are working to connect people affected by Sandy with community-based services that meet home repair, health, emotional and/or financial needs.

Gerald and Barbara Bergman of Freeport, Long Island were helped by a Red Cross case manager to navigate and find the resources available for their recovery. “She assured me and called regularly,” Barbara said. “I knew the Red Cross was with us and that whatever needed to be done would be done.”

Red Cross disaster case managers will continue to help connect people recovering from Sandy to resources available in the communities where they live. If you, or your family, have been affected by Sandy and still need assistance, please call 1-877-RED-CROSS.

Move-In Assistance Program

The Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program has provided more than $26 million of help, as of May 28, to more than 4,300 households affected by Sandy. Since January 2013, the program has awarded assistance at an average of $1.5 million each month. The Red Cross anticipates it will distribute remaining funds committed through the Move-In Assistance Program in the coming weeks.

The Red Cross will continue to accept completed applications for the Move-In Assistance Program through July 1, 2014. The Move-In Assistance Program works with families displaced by Sandy to move them back into sustainable housing. Eligible, Sandy-affected residents may receive up to $10,000 for expenses, including home repairs, rent, security deposit, moving costs, broker fees, temporary housing/or furniture and appliances and more. Completed applications must be submitted by a disaster case manager; applications that are completed and received by July 1, 2014 will be reviewed and processed as program funding allows.

The generosity of donors allowed the Red Cross Move-In Assistance program to help Alan and Shaquana Watson and their three young children of Far Rockaway, Queens. “Everything you see—the kids’ bedroom set, the crib, the couch, the dining room table—we have because of the Red Cross,” Alan Watson said. The Move-In Assistance Program also paid the family’s first month’s rent and security deposit. “Without Red Cross assistance it would have been a struggle,” he said.

Grants

In addition to case management and individual financial assistance, the Red Cross has awarded almost $88 million in grants to nonprofits working in hard-hit communities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Grants include funding for home repairs and rebuilding, mold treatment, food, financial assistance, volunteer housing and mental health counseling.

The Red Cross is also supporting the provision of direct financial assistance to Sandy survivors with $13.8 million in grants to unmet needs roundtables and long-term recovery groups in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—communities that experienced the greatest devastation from Sandy.

Red Cross grant support to the unmet needs groups will help ensure that these groups remain a key source of assistance to meet the longer-term needs Sandy-affected households will face, both through direct financial support, distribution of construction supplies and volunteer labor.

Services Funded by Generous Donations

The services that the Red Cross continues to provide are made possible because of the compassion and generosity of donors. As of April 30, the Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend $298.5 million of the $311.5 million – nearly 96 percent – of the money generously donated to support its work with Sandy-affected households and communities.

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/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.