Robin Hood Surpasses $62 Million in Hurricane Sandy Relief Grants; 93% of Relief Fund Now Allocated

NEW YORK, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Robin Hood has announced another round of funding to organizations in the tri-state area that are helping victims of Hurricane Sandy recover from the storm.  With its latest slate of grants totaling nearly $7 million, the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has made more than $62 million in grants since Sandy devastated the region in late October. 

To date, approximately 42% of the funds have been allocated to New Jersey-based organizations, 42% to organizations based in New York City, 14% to Long Island/Westchester, and 2% to Connecticut.  The vast majority of funds (60%) have been devoted to housing-related groups that are helping residents repair and rebuild their damaged homes.

In total, the Robin Hood Relief Fund has made grants to more than 400 different organizations in the tri-state area.  For a complete list of organizations receiving funds, please visit www.robinhood.org/rhsandy

Grants approved by Robin Hood Relief Committee on March 13, 2013:

HOUSING
$6.465 MILLION

All Hands Volunteers
Long Island, NY
$750,000
This grant will be used to help All Hands Volunteers scale the organization's careful and safe mold remediation program to complete clean-up in 100 homes, and return another 120 homes to habitability by providing subfloor reconstruction.

Homes for All, Inc.
Ocean County, NJ
$575,000
This grant will fund 15 significant rebuilds and minor home repairs to another 85 homes in Ocean County which lack or have insufficient insurance/FEMA coverage.

Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group
Middlesex County, NJ
$545,000
The majority of this grant ($400,000) will go towards funding unmet needs in the community with the balance going to hire a volunteer coordinator and construction coordinator. These individuals will help match volunteers with opportunities to aid in rebuilding and recovery and will coordinate construction and renovation projects in  Middlesex County.

City of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT
$500,000
This grant will go to help elderly and low-income residents of Marina Village and Seaside Village, developments that suffered significant damage due to Hurricane Sandy.  Robin Hood funds will be used for housing rehabilitation, reconstruction, temporary rental assistance and furniture and appliance replacement. 

Hometown Heroes for Toms River Township
Ocean County, NJ
$400,000
Toms River was one of the hardest hit areas in New Jersey with 14,285 "mainland" homes having some form of wind or water damage and 7,083 impacted homes on the Barrier Island. The Township has partnered with Hometown Heroes to assist residents with rebuilding and the purchase of building materials and essential home contents such as furniture, cabinets and appliances.

Middletown Disaster Relief Fund
Monmouth County, NJ
$300,000
New Monmouth Baptist Church
Monmouth County, NJ
$25,000
This partnership and combined grant will provide qualifying Middletown Bayshore residents (those with unmet expenses and significant damage to their homes) with rebuilding assistance and volunteer labor, as well as funds for rent, utility assistance, and purchase of other household appliances and necessities.

True Spirit Coalition
Atlantic County, NJ
$300,000
True Spirit Coalition, a coalition of faith based groups and civic organizations providing assistance to the city of Brigantine, has identified 300 families in need; with this grant, they will provide relief assistance (such as rental payments, replacement of home furnishings, housing repair and building materials) to continue to help these families get back on their feet.

Center for New York City Neighborhoods
New York City
$250,000
The Center for New York City Neighborhoods (C.N.Y.C.N.), originally created to help homeowners handle the threat of foreclosure, set up the Neighborhood Recovery Fund to help homeowners deal with destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.  This grant will allow the Center to continue to provide grants to homeowners to clean up homes and make small repairs; to finance larger rebuilding projects; and to provide gap financing or enhancement credit standing to help homeowners qualify for other repair programs.

Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders and Fuller Center Jersey Pines
Atlantic County, NJ
$250,000
This grant will allow the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders to repair 200 homes in Atlantic City, cover six months of costs for building materials and renovate bathroom facilities at a volunteer housing site. The renovations will allow the facility to house up to 200 volunteers at a time so that critical rebuilding projects can continue.

Cape May County Long Term Recovery Group
Cape May County, NJ
$200,000
This grant will go toward providing low-income and vulnerable Hurricane Sandy victims in Cape May County with rent payments, rental deposits, utility payments, home furnishings and mold remediation. 

Village of Mastic Beach
Suffolk County, NY
$200,000
This grant will help the Village of Mastic Beach bring home its displaced residents and help those facing significant repairs by restoring homes, providing rental assistance and home furnishings.

Berkeley Township
Ocean County, NJ
$200,000
Hurricane Sandy caused significant housing damage to the Township of Berkeley with over 1,900 homes damaged and 2,000 individuals not yet back in their homes. The funding will go towards the purchase of gift cards that will enable needy/at-risk residents to purchase home supplies and appliances.

Middletown Senior Citizens Housing Corporation
Monmouth County, NJ
$190,000
Middletown Senior Citizens Housing Corporation is an affordable rental housing community in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, New Jersey which serves the needs of 95 low-income families. Hurricane Sandy caused devastating flooding to the community and this grant will support 36 residents that remain displaced and provide the needed financial support to relocate including security deposit, rental assistance, moving/transportation costs, clothing and home contents replacement.  An additional eight resettled residents will receive financial assistance to replace home contents and cover storage fees.

Borough of Lake Como
Monmouth County, NJ
$150,000
The Lake Como Relief Fund was established by the local municipality to assist its residents in greatest need after approximately 200 homes were flooded. Through an application process, basic needs are assessed and the funds will be used for home repair, transportation, security deposits and rental assistance.   

The City of Long Beach
Long Island, NY
$150,000
The funds will be used to reopen and resupply the Magnolia Daycare Center which will host several low cost infant and pre-school childcare programs that were closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  

Hometown Heroes
Ocean County, NJ
$150,000
This grant will allow Hometown Heroes to provide grants to more than 200 families in need of rental assistance, household goods and rebuilding support.

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity
Ocean County, NJ
$150,000
Funds will provide significant home repair services to homeowners in Ocean Gate and Toms River. Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity will complete rebuilding/renovation work on several homes per month, for a total of 20-25 projects for the remainder of the year.

City of Milford Long Term Recovery Task Force
Milford, CT
$125,000
This grant will provide assistance to displaced homeowners in the community of Milford who are struggling with the cost of paying the mortgage, taxes, utilities and insurance on unserviceable homes while paying the rent on temporary housing. Approximately $16,000 per month will be disbursed on a case-by-case basis by the City of Milford and the Department of Human Services and Family Resource Center to assist with what has become a long-term financial crisis for many families.

Brooklyn Community Services (BCS)
New York City
$100,000
This grant will provide ongoing direct support to families in Coney Island. Most of BCS funds are dedicated to providing cash assistance to undocumented populations who do not qualify for FEMA and low-income families whose losses exceed what they can obtain from FEMA and/or insurance.

Ironbound Community Corporation
Essex County, NJ
$100,000
This grant will allow Ironbound to continue funding necessities such as emergency rent, utilities and housewares for families still struggling in the aftermath of the hurricane, and will cover the costs for a project manager to oversee these efforts.

North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Hudson County, NJ
$100,000
This grant will provide direct assistance to approximately 75 households with their recovery, helping residents of Weehawken and Kearny pay for mold remediation and household repair expenses, essential household goods and appliances, medical items and other storm related out-of-pocket expenses not reimbursable by insurance or FEMA.

RVC Foundation
Long Island, NY
$100,000
RVC Foundation was established in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to assist families in the communities of Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Belle Harbor and East Rockaway by providing goods, services and financial assistance.  This grant will ensure that at least 25 additional households secure the essential cash they need in order to help with their expenses related to home repairs and the purchase of replacement home furnishings.

The Weehawken and You Civic Association Emergency Fund
Hudson County, NJ
$100,000
This grant will help residents in the Shades neighborhood of downtown Weehawken continue to address housing related needs, extending rental assistance and expanding residents' ability to rebuild, repair and replenish home contents.

Rebuilding Together Long Island
Long Island, NY
$75,000
Funding will go to help Rebuilding Together rebuild 10 homes in Amityville, Lindenhurst, Babylon and Copiague that were damaged by the storm.

Toms River Regional Schools Hurricane Relief Fund
Toms River, NJ
$75,000
This grant to Toms River Regional Schools will go towards providing vouchers to Ortley Beach and barrier island families whose primary residences need appliances, furniture and building materials.  Select local merchants will offer significant discounts to families who make purchases using these vouchers. 

Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (B.E.O.F.)
Hudson County, NJ
$60,000
This grant will fund B.E.O.F.'s rental assistance program, with a goal of helping an additional 15 to 20 individuals or families; their home rebuilding program, with a goal of helping at least five more homeowners rebuild and once again, occupy their homes; and cover over-time costs that the agency has incurred due to the increase in work load from these Sandy programs.

Interfaith Neighbors
Monmouth County, NJ
$50,000
Funding will help Interfaith Neighbors provide rental assistance, security deposit assistance and assistance with construction and other home repair costs for families in their community.

King of Kings Community Church
Ocean County, NJ
$50,000
Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, the Church became a distribution center for Hurricane Sandy relief. This grant will enable the Church to continue providing families with gift cards for home improvement stores in order to help them with their home repair expenses.

Sandy Help LB
Long Island, NY
$50,000
Created in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Help LB has been helping homeowners stretch the limited resources they have -- whether from FEMA, insurance, or personal resources -- so that they can get their homes back to livable condition. This grant will cover the cost of insulation, sheetrock and other materials for Sandy Help LB volunteers to repair 35 to 40 additional homes over the next six months.

Shark River Hills First Aid Squad
Monmouth County, NJ
$50,000
The Shark River Hills First Aid Squad is a charitable organization that was established not only to act as the professional E.M.S. for Neptune Township but also to do charitable works for the community. This grant will help the squad to continue rebuilding efforts in Neptune Township, including rebuilding supplies, soil testing for foundations and other related costs.

St. Francis Community Center
Ocean County, NJ
$35,000
Funding will help St. Francis Community Center meet the housing needs – rental assistance, replacement of household goods, security deposit assistance – of those affected by the storm in the Long Beach Island community.

St. Rose of Lima Parish Outreach
Long Island
$25,000
This grant will be allocated to helping approximately 100 individuals and families purchase furniture, household supplies and other essential items; sustaining St. Rose's food pantry; and purchasing supplies to repair damaged homes. 

Oceanside Community Service, Inc.
Long Island
$25,000
Funding will allow Oceanside Community Service to continue providing gift cards to Oceanside residents for home repair needs or cash for other critical bills like rent, mortgage, insurance or car payments.  

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth New Jersey
Union County, NJ
$25,000
Large groups of skilled volunteers from outside of New Jersey have mobilized to assist homeowners in Union County and Staten Island with repairs. With this grant, the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, New Jersey will be outfitted at minimal cost to provide short-term housing volunteers.

St. Charles Church
New York City
$25,000
St. Charles Church sprang into action after Hurricane Sandy and distributed $500 gift cards to families in need throughout the Oakwood/Bay Terrace area. This grant will allow the church to continue providing financial assistance to families rebuilding their homes.

Project PAUL
Monmouth County, NJ
$10,000
Over the last three months, Project PAUL has partnered with a local mattress dealer to provide discounted mattresses and bed frames to individuals and families that are returning to their homes and need assistance. This grant will allow them to provide essential furniture and replacement mattresses for more than 30 individuals in Keansburg and surrounding towns.

HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH
$260,000

Long Beach Reach, Inc.
Long Island, NY
$100,000
Long Beach Reach is providing outreach and education and brief crisis counseling to residents in communities hard hit by the storm.  This grant will fund additional social workers who will assist hundreds of local residents facing issues related to depression and substance abuse.

Clubhouse of Suffolk and Suffolk County United Veterans
Long Island, NY
$90,000
This grant will fund staffing for a full-time, licensed mental health professional to provide in-office and home visits for 100-150 individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy. The grant will also provide $1,000 gift cards to 50 low-income Suffolk County residents to help replace lost and damaged furniture.

180 Turning Lives Around
Monmouth County, NJ
$70,000
Funds from this grant will support the hiring of two case workers and two therapists specializing in trauma-based therapy to implement family-based counseling sessions to more than 400 county residents from communities that faced the most destruction and damage from the storm.

BENEFITS COUNSELING
$180,000

New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund (N.J.C.A.E.F.)
New Jersey
$150,000
Funding will support hiring for two full-time staff – a housing counselor and a community educator – to increase capacity and allow N.J.C.A.E.F. to provide homeowner counseling and assistance to 3,500 low-income individuals and families across the state.

Senior Citizens Activities Network, Inc. (SCAN)
Monmouth & Ocean Counties, NJ
$30,000
Senior Citizens Activities Network (SCAN) has been providing services and programs to the adult communities in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the last 25 years.  This grant will help SCAN retain four part-time employees who are conducting outreach to seniors in Monmouth and Ocean counties to offer on-site services, educational classes and access to benefit specialists.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
$50,000

Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
Region-wide
$50,000
The Terry Fund is assisting volunteer fire departments that lost equipment due to Hurricane Sandy in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.  The vast majority of this grant ($45,000) will be allocated to purchase new fire protective gear and pre-owned emergency vehicles with the remainder for administrative expenses.

About the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
Founded 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

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212-844-3562

 

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