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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

You Can NOT Be Replaced Monmouth County, NJ $35,000 Originally created in response to teen suicides in Manasquan, Sea Girt, and the surrounding communities, You Can NOT Be Replaced turned into an emergency distribution center following the storm.  They used small grants to help families replace critical items that were destroyed in the flooding, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, and mattresses.  This grant will allow them to continue to help five families per week replace these items so they can move back into their homes.

Education ($2,385,000)

Brookdale Community College Foundation Monmouth County, NJ $125,000 Approximately 3,000 students at BCC experienced substantial hardships as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  In order to help students stay on track and stay in school, BCCF will provide cash assistance to 250-300 of the neediest students, with cash awards ranging from $100 - $1,000.

Hispanic Brotherhood Long Island $100,000 Hispanic Brotherhood serves families on the south shore of Long Island, and since Sandy, they have been inundated with urgent requests for assistance.  This grant will enable Hispanic Brotherhood to add staff specializing in relief assistance, thereby helping 500 families, and will support their emergency fund which provides cash assistance for critical needs such as rent, utilities, food, and medicine.

Hoboken Department of Health and Human Services Hudson County, NJ $210,000 The Hoboken Multi-Service Center housed a number of community health programs that served low- to moderate-income families, and the building has been closed due to damage from the storm.   Funds from this grant will allow them to repair and refurnish classrooms and office space for Hoboken Day Care 100, which provides high quality day-care to 100 children, as well as to restore Hoboken Family Planning, which served 45 women per week, serving as the sole source of medical care for the majority of those women.

Hudson Milestones Hudson County, NJ $75,000 Hudson Milestones operates a wide variety of programs to assist developmentally disabled individuals of all ages.  They lost twelve of their transport vehicles in the storm, including four specially equipped school buses and eight specially equipped 12-passenger vans.  This funding will help defray the replacement costs (not covered by insurance) for some of these vehicles.

New Yorkers for Children (on behalf of the NYC Administration for Children's Services) New York City Up to $1.2 million Hurricane Sandy dealt a heavy blow to the city's system of early care and education centers.  In all, 18 centers sustained major damage from the storm, most of them located in Coney Island and the Rockaways.  With this grant, six of the 18 centers will be able to reopen, allowing 600 children to return to pre-school, thus avoiding the loss of 8 months of pre-school education.

The YMCA New York/ New Jersey/ Long Island $500,000

  • YMCA of Greater New York/ $300,000
  • New Jersey YMCA State Alliance/ $150,000
  • YMCA of Long Island/ $50,000

The YMCA network has been central to Sandy recovery efforts, as they've provided housing, counseling, and other vital services to those without electricity, and childcare before/after school.  As people move back into their homes, the Ys will need to increase their day care and after-school programs for children.  This funding will support Y programs in the New York communities of Far Rockaway, Staten Island and Chinatown; on Long Island in Bay Shore, Patchogue and Huntington, and in New Jersey in Red Bank, Toms River and Perth Amboy.

Services for Children with Hidden Intelligence Ocean County, NJ $175,000 SCHI is a therapeutic and educational center designed to meet the needs of developmentally delayed, medically fragile, and/or socially and emotionally challenged children.  They also operate a network of group homes for children and adults.  Hurricane Sandy severely damaged three of these group homes; funding will go toward replacing wheelchair ramps, furnishings, appliances, and other vital supplies.

Benefits Counseling ($1,195,000)

Asian Americans for Equality New York City $100,000 AAFE serves as a housing, social service and community development organization and provides education, financial assistance and job training programs.  In the wake of Sandy, AAFE has been inundated with requests for assistance securing legal and financial advice, guidance navigating the FEMA process, and other inquiries.  This grant will help them launch operations in Coney Island, helping residents apply for unemployment and housing subsidies, FEMA registrations, SBA loan applications and other critical support services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County Ocean County, NJ $100,000 Nearly 25% of the families involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County were displaced after the storm, particularly those in Ocean City and Seaside Heights who are from predominantly low-income families.  Funding from this grant will allow BBBSOC to serve an additional 150 families, matching youngsters between the ages of 5 and 17 with mentors and connecting adults with social services (food, job training, legal assistance, medical care, child care, mental health counseling) in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean Counties.  Funding will also be used to provide emergency cash for families to help them return to their homes. 

Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush Brooklyn $130,000 Serving Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Seagate Gerritsen Beach, Bergen Beach, Breezy Point, the Rockaways, Belle Harbor and Bayswater, COJO is helping 250 families relocate to temporary housing.  COJO will use this grant to expand staffing to provide continuity of care, help families access benefits and insurance (including FEMA) for which they are eligible, and ensure these families become stably housed.

FEGS Long Island $90,000 FEGS is part of the Long Term Recovery Committee that is coordinating case management services on Long Island.  This grant will help them fund additional case managers who can connect hundreds of families with benefits.

Intersect Funds New Jersey $50,000 Intersect Funds is a small business lender that addresses the needs of those businesses affected by Sandy but which may not qualify for Small Business Administration disaster loans, and has made well over 100 loans to NJ business thus far.  This grant will enable them to hire another disaster loan officer to cover Ocean and Monmouth Counties, and will contribute toward loan-loss reserves, enabling Intersect Funds to make over 50 new loans to small businesses.

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island Coney Island $80,000 With their offices completely destroyed by the storm, JCCGCI has deployed their staff to various locations in the community.  This grant will allow them to acquire a trailer and staffing support in order to provide critical services, including disaster relief coordination, health insurance information counseling (provided in English and Russian to help seniors navigate changes in their health care coverage), mental health support, legal assistance, and other services.

La Fuerza Unida New York City and Long Island $100,000 Hurricane Sandy has exacerbated housing services – relating to insurance claims, foreclosure prevention, home repairs – in La Fuerza Unida's service area of Queens and Long Island.  This grant will allow La Fuerza Unida to provide emergency cash for home repairs and loan assistance, and will support the hiring of 1.5 case managers who can help 125 families negotiate insurance claims and mortgage modifications.

Lawyers Alliance for New York New York City $50,000 This grant will enable Lawyers Alliance for New York to support five neighborhood legal clinics in Sandy-affected areas, helping residents with legal matters relating to the storm; provide phone consultations on FEMA/insurance issues, employment matters, and other issues; provide 25 clients with pro bono support on Sandy-related legal issues.

Long Beach Latino Civic Association Long Island $60,000 LBLCA has served over 400 members of the Hispanic Community in Long Beach, providing food, clothing, hot meals and cleaning supplies to residents.  This grant will enable LBLCA to provide clients with cash assistance for household items (including furniture) and to help cover security deposits/first month's rent to move families into stable housing.  The funds will also cover a full-time caseworker who will provide needs assessment and case management.

Lutheran Social Services of New York New York City $50,000 Lutheran Social Services works with individuals to refer them to social services, such as medical/mental health providers, employment assistance and counseling.   This grant will cover the salaries for two additional case managers who can conduct outreach to Sandy victims in Coney Island and Uniondale.

New Jersey Community Capital New Jersey $50,000 NJCC's mission is to provide capital to at-risk communities in New Jersey.  This grant will support nearly $150,000 in lending, and will help at least six businesses continue their operations and keep people paid and employed.

Single Stop USA New York City $265,000 (see below list for breakdown of grant) Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty $60,000 Extension of their original grant

Legal Services NYC $100,000 Extension of their original grant

Legal Aid Society $55,000 To close the funding gap left by Robin Hood's original $120,000/six month grant to support mobile legal unit serving Sandy-affected communities

Project Hospitality $50,000 Extension of their original grant

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice New Jersey $70,000 Based in Newark, VLJ is a state-wide pro bono program for New Jersey, providing tools, advice and pro bono representation to help the economically disadvantaged get fair and equal treatment within the legal system.  This grant will fund a full-time attorney who will provide clients with legal advice and representation on Sandy-related legal issues such as FEMA appeals, unemployment and other benefits, insurance and landlord/tenant disputes.

Mental Health ($585,000)

Achiezer Community Resource Center Rockaway and Long Island $200,000 Achiezer assists families contending with issues such as illness, death, family discord, mental health needs and financial crises, by providing medical and mental health professionals, rabbis, lay leaders and volunteers to help families through challenging times.  This grant will allow Achiezer to add one or two social workers and case managers to help families with their mental health, medical, insurance and financial needs caused by Sandy, as well as emergency cash assistance to families in need.

CPC Behavioral Health Monmouth County, NJ $140,000 CPC provides mental health services to residents of NJ.  Since Sandy, CPC has been working with individuals impacted by the storm by providing counseling and therapy services at its centers in Middleton, Freehold and Aberdeen.  This grant will support two licensed clinicians to provide standard therapy to individuals and families in Union Beach, Highlands, Keansburg and Sea Bright, helping an additional 1,200 individuals, including 300 children.

Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst Brooklyn $65,000 This grant will help immigrant families purchase furniture, household supplies and other essential items and help families make emergency home repairs.  In addition, the funds will help with moving costs, security deposits, and first month/last month rent to help families transition to more stable housing.

Preferred Behavioral Health of New Jersey Ocean County, NJ $180,000 PBHNJ provides outpatient therapy and emergency mental health services to residents of Northern Ocean County, NJ.  Since Sandy, they have been working to provide counseling and therapy services at its five counseling centers in Ocean County.  This grant will support two additional licensed clinicians to provide standard therapy to individuals and families in five Ocean County towns, and a part-time psychiatrist to provide additional services.

Food ($65,000)

Family Food Relief of New Jersey Ocean County, NJ $20,000 Located in Lakewood, NJ, and serving Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Passaic and Camden counties, FFRNJ operates food pantry programs serving needy residents.  This grant will help FFRNJ replenish their supplies so they can continue helping their neighbors.

Museum of NJ Maritime History Ocean County, NJ $15,000 The Museum functions as a food pantry and soup kitchen for residents of Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, and also provides free medical supplies to low-income seniors and undocumented individuals.  Flooding from Hurricane Sandy destroyed the freezers and food stockpiles, and two local supermarkets remain closed, causing the demand for supplemental food assistance to increase dramatically.  This grant will help the Museum replace two commercial freezers storage racks, elevated platforms, and food supplies so they can continue serving needy members of their community.

New Alternatives for Children New York City $30,000 NAC serves a medically fragile, developmentally-disabled population of foster care children.  Historically, NAC has maintained an in-house food bank and has exhausted its supplies as a result of Sandy.  This grant will go toward the purchase of food and supplies, and will provide  ongoing emergency cash assistance for foster children and their families.

Employment ($60,000)

ARC of Monmouth County Monmouth County, NJ $60,000 ARC of Monmouth County serves 1,400 physically and developmentally disabled adults throughout Monmouth County.  Their Long Branch employment center—which provides vocational training—was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  This grant will go toward making needed repairs and will help replace computer equipment and office furnishings which were destroyed.

Emergency Assistance ($25,000)

Foundation of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Ocean County, NJ $25,000 The primary goal of the Foundation is to ensure that all citizens are afforded the opportunities for success and well-being.  They have been providing monetary grants to aid victims of Sandy in the Jersey Shore-area, and this funding will allow them to continue their work.

About the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief FundFounded in 1988, Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods.   The Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has granted tens of millions of dollars to organizations throughout New York's tri-state region that help individuals and families recover from the devastating effects of the storm.  In addition, Robin Hood's board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.

For more information or to make a contribution to Robin Hood's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, visit www.robinhood.org/rhsandy.

Media Contact Patty Smith/Robin Hood212-844-3562

SOURCE Robin Hood

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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