October 29, 2018 brings up the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver announce major changes to the Superstorm Sandy Recovery Housing Programs. Find out more information about these changes and updates to the Superstorm Sandy assistance programs.
If you have a need and you don't know where to turn, dial 2-1-1 and we will do our best to find the community resource that will help. NJ 2-1-1 is registering eligible callers for disaster case management services through Catholic Charities as well.
Long-Term Recovery in Full Force
Long-term recovery efforts are still underway in New Jersey. While some communities have recovered completely, many in our state continue struggling to regain normalcy. As we learn of resources we will post the information to these pages. Our resource specialists are available to assist you as well.
Follow the Recovery Efforts
NJ Sandy Transparency - this portal was created to provide public access to all state contracts for the allocation and expenditure of federal disaster relief funds, including contract vendor information. In addition, the portal lists the available federal funding streams and funding criteria and tracks the federal funding allotment of disaster relief funds in New Jersey.
The need for housing is among the biggest challenges that people face as our area recovers from the hurricane. Many people lost their homes completely. Others are faced with significant repairs. Many must meet new building guidelines. Learn about the programs and resources created to assist in this area by reading our hurricane housing pages: Finding Housing; Housing Assistance Programs; Financial Help for Home and Business. Find out about hurricane-related legal resources.
Help with Multiple Unmet Needs
Long-term recovery groups and other organizations are active throughout our state to help people with multiple needs.
Help for Children with Special Needs
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is offering help to families of children with special needs through an effort called the Superstorm Sandy Resiliency Project. The goals of the Project are to:
- Provide one-to-one, intensive, wrap-around supports from Family Resource Specialists to families fo children impacted by Superstorm Sandy in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union Counties
- Build the resiliency and advocacy skills of impacted families
- Assist families to secure needed services for their children and families
- Collaborate with Special Child Health Services Case Management Units, FEMA, long-term recovery councils, and other agencies working with impacted families to maximize positive outcomes.
The Superstorm Sandy Resiliency Family Resource Specialists help families of children with special needs impacted by Superstorm Sandy by providing information, training, parent-to-parent support, and advocacy across systems including education, health and mental health, to help them secure the services needed by their children and families to recover from Superstorm Sandy and build resiliency skills. Call 800.654.SPAN (7726) for more information.
Replacing Durable Medical Equipment
Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) offers free replacement durable medical equipment to disabled residents of Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties. Equipment is subject to availability but offerings may include manual wheelchairs, standard hospital beds, commodes, walkers, canes, crutches, transfer benches and shower chairs. All equipment is gently used and clean. ACI also will gladly accept donations of used equipment.
All donations and pick-ups should be done at Visitation Relief Center in Brick. Transportation for small pieces of equipment may be arranged locally but this is limited. To request equipment or arrange for a donation, please contact Sue Pniewski, ACI Sandy Relief Project Director, at 732.754.5023 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more
FEMA Responds to Allegations Concerning Faulty Reports
FEMA has devoted pages on their site to addressing the recent allegations by homeowners about the integrity of engineering reports upon which flood insurance claim settlements are based. Policyholders had until Oct. 15, 2015, to sign up for the Sandy Claims Review process. The National Flood Insurance Program began a review of claims filed by policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy. This review is part of a broad process to reform the claims and appeals procedures. Many informative hand-outs about the process are available at the FEMA website.