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Robin Hood Announces $9.59 Million In Latest Round Of Hurricane Sandy Relief Grants; Includes $5.275 Million For Housing Support

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Robin Hood's Hurricane Sandy Relief Committee met on January 18 and January 23, 2013, to review and approve the latest round of relief grants.  They awarded 71 organizations grants totaling more than $9.5 million, bringing the sum granted by Robin Hood thus far to $29.8 million to nearly 250 organizations in the tri-state area; this represents 44% of the Robin Hood Sandy Relief Fund. 

The majority of grants announced today ( $5.275 million) were for housing-related programs designed to help individuals and families get back into their homes or to help them move into transitional housing.  This funding includes grants to several long-term recovery groups in New Jersey and Long Island. 

"Our aim is to get 95% of the money from the Robin Hood Relief Fund granted no later than March 31," said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood.  "We will continue to do our best to get the money out the door as quickly and efficiently as possible."

The latest round of grants made by Robin Hood includes:

Housing ($5,275,000)

Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group Atlantic County, NJ $150,000 Atlantic City is the poorest community in New Jersey that was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The Atlantic City LTRG is identifying the most vulnerable victims and coordinating distribution of aid by conducting door-to-door canvassing.  This grant will support housing and other essential needs of financially vulnerable Atlantic City residents impacted by the storm as well as case management services.

Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation Hudson County, NJ $100,000 BEOF is a community action partnership which offers programs for low income adults and families including Head Start, food pantries, rental assistance, Meals on Wheels, and other vital offerings.  Since Hurricane Sandy, the need for their services has skyrocketed.  This grant would go towards providing rental assistance and home repairs for their clients.

Bowery Residents Committee New York City Up to $150,000 BRC case workers are making great strides in helping those affected by Sandy recover from their losses. They have worked with hundreds of people who were displaced by the hurricane and being temporarily housed at hotels or YMCAs throughout the City. This grant will allow them to help clients achieve housing stability by paying for moving costs, security deposits, basic household supplies (bedding, furniture, kitchen supplies), and other necessities not covered by other disaster relief programs.

B.R.B.R. ( Breezy Point, Rockaway Point, Broad Channel, Roxbury) New York City $25,000B.R.B.R. has collected donations and redistributed them to families in need throughout four communities including Breezy Point, Rockaway Point, Broad Channel, and Roxbury.  This grant will enable them to provide $500 to 25 families to help them cover some expenses caused by the storm.

Broad Channel Athletic Club New York City $75,000 Out of 1,100 homes in the Broad Channel community, only 200 are currently occupied; the rest are in need of major repairs and renovation.  BCAC has created an application for residents to apply for emergency funding so they can repair their homes.  This grant will allow BCAC to provide cash assistance to residents so they can make the necessary repairs.

Carroll Gardens Association New York City $120,000 CGA owns and maintains 150 affordable housing units in Carroll Gardens, the Columbia Waterfront District, and Red Hook.  Eight of their properties (totaling 100 units) were damaged by Sandy.  This grant will support the total drywall replacement and mold remediation budget for these eight properties.

The Church of Grace and Peace/Jersey Shore United Ocean County, NJ Up to $500,000 The Church of Grace and Peace has created an organization called Jersey Shore United to coordinate volunteers with homeowners whose houses need repair as a result of Sandy.  Jersey Shore United will concentrate on the communities of Toms River, Brick, Lakewood, Lavallette and Seaside Heights which were heavily damaged.  They hope to rehabilitate 780 homes during 2013; this grant will be used to purchase needed appliances, mattresses, furniture, and other household necessities required for families as they rebuild.

Community Development Corporation of Long Island Long Island $60,000 Following Sandy, CDC Long Island was awarded a contract to operate the FEMA STEP program on behalf of Suffolk County, to provide temporary repairs allowing residents to return home while making more permanent repairs.  To date, they have overseen nearly 500 assessments and completed 130 repairs.  This grant will go toward the purchase of building equipment and cleaning supplies and will support a full-time case manager to provide case management for rebuilding, construction management, mold remediation, mortgage and insurance issues.

Disability Opportunity Fund Long Island $130,000 DOF is dedicated to providing housing opportunities for and advancing the needs of people with disabilities and their families.  This grant will allow them to provide technical assistance for people seeking disability-accessible housing and financial/legal support related to relocation.  In addition, DOF will use the Robin Hood grant to provide "gap financing" for 50-75 families with unmet needs.

Family Promise of Monmouth County Monmouth County, NJ $65,000 Founded in 2001, Family Promise provides homeless children and their families with food, shelter and other comprehensive services.  This grant will go towards providing clients with rental and security deposit assistance; gift cards for emergency needs such as food, clothing, gas/transportation; and case management services.

Family-to-Family Tri-state area $25,000 Family-to-Family is a grassroots hunger and poverty-relief organization that provides food and other necessities to poor families.  They connect "donor" families with families affected by Hurricane Sandy, with the donors providing the items needed by their "adopted" families.  This grant will allow Family-to-Family to expand their program by an additional 300 families by hiring part-time caseworkers to vet and match families, while providing an emergency relief fund that can be used for purchasing any outstanding items for affected families.

FriendsofRockaway.org New York City $50,000 In early January, Robin Hood awarded FOR a grant to "muck and gut" 400 homes in the Rockaways. This round of funding is in support of that original grant, and will cover costs associated with this work, including additional staff, transportation, and liability insurance.

Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders and Fuller Center Jersey Pines Atlantic County $400,000 FCDR is an international faith-based organization dedicated to providing adequate shelter for people around the world.  FCDR will partner with the Fuller Center Jersey Pines to help rebuild 200 homes in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  This grant will cover salaries/benefits for four construction managers, and tools, vehicle fuel and other supplies related to construction.

Gerritsen Beach Fire Department New York City $25,000 Despite having eight feet of water in the firehouse, Gerritsen Beach Fire Department opened as a relief center providing refuge for residents and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They also served as a distribution center for relief operations.  This grant will allow them to distribute gift cards for Home Depot or Key Food, allowing them to provide direct assistance to members of their community.

Global DIRT City-wide $400,000 Global DIRT (Disaster Immediate Response Team) uses its military training to create order and establish communications in a disaster.  To date, Global DIRT has played a part in the referral of thousands of residents for basic assistance:  temporary shelter, home nursing support, medication refills, debris removal, and coordinating volunteer help.  This grant will allow Global DIRT to continue its work across the city for the next six months.  Using the digital mapping and data management systems developed by Global DIRT, the team collects vast amounts of information about families and homes in affected areas and dispatches work orders to relevant government and non-profit agencies performing the actual services.

Healing Emergency Aid Response Team 9/11 (HEART 9/11) New York City $165,000 Since Sandy struck, HEART 9/11 has mobilized 1,000 volunteers to gut homes and remove mold in Long Island, the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Staten Island and Gerritsen Beach.  Moving forward, they plan to repair and rebuild 50 homes by installing insulation and sheet rock, starting with Gerritsen Beach, and focusing on homes belonging to the elderly and disabled, veterans, and single parents.  This grant will cover building materials, project coordinators, liability insurance, and travel expenses/food for volunteers.

Hope Force International Atlantic County, NJ $60,000 HFI is a disaster response non-profit that was founded in 2003.  Since November, they have been organizing volunteers to help residents repair their homes damaged by the storm.  This funding will help them retain two trained construction case managers who can coordinate mold remediation and reconstruction efforts for residents of Atlantic City.

Jackson Women of Today Ocean County, NJ $15,000 JWT runs a food pantry which regularly provides four days' worth of food to approximately 120 families.  This grant will allow them to supplement their food supply for six months, and also allow them to offer bedding and blankets to people who are living in homes damaged by the storm and still without heat.

Long Beach JCAP:  Jewish Community Assistance Program Long Island $150,000 JCAP was created post-Sandy to help people get back on their feet whose homes and livelihoods were impaired or who lost significant possessions as a result of the storm.  This grant will increase JCAP's current pool of funds and ensure that at least 15-20 additional households secure the essential cash they need for home repairs and related urgent expenses.

Long Island Long Term Recovery Group Long Island $1,000,000 This funding will go towards providing emergency financial assistance to meet the unmet needs of Long Island residents still dealing with the aftermath of the storm.  

Make the Road New York NYC and Long Island $150,000 Make the Road New York has partnered with Queens College (CUNY) to provide occupational health/safety training and personal protective equipment to day laborers working in clean-up and reconstruction following Hurricane Sandy.  This grant will fund the purchase of protective equipment including respirators, gloves, hard hats, boots, goggles, bodysuits, and will support the salary of a full-time trainer and part-time assistant who will train and distribute equipment to 500 day laborers over a 9-month period.

Mercy Home for Children New York City $25,000 Mercy Home for Children is a group home for 10 developmentally disabled adults in Red Hook; the Home suffered significant water damage, resulting in the relocation to makeshift housing for their residents.  This grant will go towards needed repairs that must be made in order to bring these 10 individuals back home.

Mission Liberia, Inc. Essex County, NJ $100,000 Mission Liberia is a multi-service church-based organization whose goals are to help disadvantaged people in the community move from dependency to self-sufficiency.  This grant will allow them to provide $70,000 in gift cards to home improvement stores, grocery stores, or home good stores to eligible households.  The remaining $30,000 will be used to stock up their pantry shelves and purchase toiletries and bedding items for their pantry customers.

Ocean City/New Jersey C.A.R.E. Cape May County, NJ $250,000 Ocean City/NJ C.A.R.E. was formed to provide community residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy with emergency food, clothing, shelter, home clean-up and repair, relocation, medicine/medical support and cash assistance.  This grant will enable them to continue to provide these services to hundreds of additional residents of limited financial means.

Our Holy Redeemer Long Island $50,000 Our Holy Redeemer is the largest church in Freeport, Long Island, a town severely impacted by Sandy.  Hundreds of families who have been impacted by the storm have asked the church for help.  This grant will allow Our Holy Redeemer to help families purchase furniture, household supplies, and other items to get them back into their homes, and to cover security deposits and/or first month's rent to help families move into new housing units.

Our House Union County, NJ $10,000 Founded in 1980, Our House is a private, not-for-profit that provides residential, employment and recreational services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  As a result of Sandy, six of their group homes suffered extensive damage.  This grant will go toward repairs and replacement furnishings for these six buildings.

St. Catharine of Siena Church Ocean County, NJ $10,000 Closed since Hurricane Sandy, St. Catharine of Siena Church has been in touch with parish families from Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Lavallette and Ortley Beach who have been displaced.  This grant will allow them to continue providing gift cards for home improvement stores to help them with expenses related to the repair of their homes.

St. Clare Disaster Relief Fund Staten Island $50,000 St. Clare's parish set up a relief fund in the aftermath of Sandy to help eligible local residents apply for emergency funds.  This grant will go toward the fund, enabling St. Clare's to provide cash assistance to community members in need.

St. Francis de Sales Parish New York City $50,000 Located in the Belle Harbor section of the Rockaways, St. Francis de Sales established an emergency fund to provide cash assistance to individuals and families who were adversely affected by the storm.  The community suffered extensive damage, and this grant will go toward providing families and individuals with cash assistance.

St. Francis Community Center Ocean County, NJ $70,000 The St. Francis Community Center is located on Long Beach Island, and they offer a food pantry, counseling programs, homeless prevention services, and other vital programs.  St. Francis has identified 200 families who could use support and this grant will allow them to offer financial assistance to help families pay security deposits for rental apartments, gift cards for home improvement stores, and gift cards for the purchase of household goods, including furniture and mattresses.

St. Margaret Mary Sandy Disaster Relief Fund Staten Island $50,000 Located in Midland Beach, the St. Margaret Mary Sandy Disaster Relief Fund has partnered with local vendors to purchase supplies for families whose homes were damaged by the storm.  This grant will provide approximately 50 families with the appliances they need to move back into their homes.

St. Peter's University Hospital/St. Peter's Foundation Middlesex County, NJ $25,000 Located in New Brunswick, St. Peter's University Hospital is serving as an anchor for Sandy-relief work in the area.  Led by the hospital's VP of Facilities, 10 volunteers (electricians, plumbers and mechanics) have dedicated their weekends to responding to the housing needs of several elderly and low-income home owners in Ocean County, NJ.  This grant will allow the volunteers to purchase building materials and supplies for five additional homes.  Currently, these five homes are uninhabitable, but with this grant, these individuals should be able to move back into their homes by mid-April.

Sayreville Storm Relief Center Middlesex County $150,000 The Sayreville Storm Relief Center is a volunteer grassroots organization that works in conjunction with the municipality.  It offers assistance to residents who suffered flooding in their homes, and provides food, clothing, cleaning supplies, space heaters, and other relevant support.  This funding will go toward completing home repairs and replacing appliances due to storm flooding, as well as support for rental housing and the purchase of home and building supplies to be distributed to residents in need.

Sea Bright Rising Monmouth County, NJ $100,000 Sea Bright was one of the communities hardest hit by the storm.  Robin Hood previously gave Sea Bright Rising a $200,000 grant to make it possible for residents to return to their homes by paying utility bills, replacing appliances, paying security deposits, and providing case management for residents; this grant will allow them to expand these services to even more residents, allowing even more people to return home.

Shark River Hills Property Owners Association Monmouth County, NJ $100,000 Approximately 120 homes in this community suffered severe damage from Sandy.  Many in the community are retirees on fixed incomes without the resources to make the needed repairs.

This grant will allow SRHPOA to assist homeowners with the necessary repairs/rebuilding to get back into their homes. 

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