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Funds to Help Brick Storm Victims Are Available

Residents must apply through Rehabco

Brick Township announced Thursday that it has an opportunity to secure grants to assist citizens with housing rehabilitation after Superstorm Sandy.

The grants, which are being offered to organizations, are between $100,000 and $1,000,000. 

Those grants will be distributed to homeowners in order to provide help to needy or distressed households so they can make their homes habitable – or to help them secure temporary housing. 

Households are considered "needy or distressed" if they have suffered financial harm or the loss of safe, stable housing due to Hurricane Sandy and have demonstrated financial need, the township said in a statement Thursday.

The grant program will be coodinated by Rehabco Associates, which coordinates the township’s housing rehabilitation and Community Development Block Grant programs. Residents are being asked to contact Rehabco, which will apply for the grants based on information citizens provide.

"We have been made aware that there is an opportunity to get funding for people in need," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis. "There are many families in Brick Township who could benefit greatly from these grants.  We need these families to contact Rehabco."

The grants are for primary residences only, and qualifying for FEMA assistance is not required.

Funds must be used to help return a home to habitability if appropriate, help those in need secure new homes, or provide temporary housing. To be deemed habitable, after repair a residence must have ample heat, hot water and electricity, be free of mold, with living quarters that have walls, floors, windows and doors in place. 

Funds may also be used for housing-related necessities, such as electrical and heating services, mortgage or rental payments, new mattresses or other essential furniture, appliances and house wares. 

Non-housing related essential expenses such as appropriate winter clothes and shoes, food and other basics of daily living can also be supported.

Rehabco can be reached at 732-477-7750.

Daniel Nee January 12, 2013 at 05:47 AM
The FEMA checks for $31,000 max, in theory, are supposed to go to cover living expenses while one's primary home is not suitable for living. That said, I have heard many a story of people using these funds for their own home repairs while living for free in a friend's/relative's home. Effectively, these folks are using the grants in lieu of flood insurance, which I'm sure those who paid into NFIP over the years cannot be too happy about.
Lori Morrison January 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Dan, I have the fema approval letter showing the Categories and have spoke with a representative regarding usage of the funds. Home repair is granted based on the determination that the home can be repaired, personal property is for essential needs and rental assistance can be used if you are staying with a friend or relative as long as you have a written agreement and you have receipts proving how you spent all the money. The other requirement for receiving funds is that you must have flood insurance when you return to the home.
Lori Morrison January 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
There are many residents, including my Mother who did not live in a flood zone that were affected. I think someone who is 84 years old has paid their dues in terms of taxes and contributions to the government and society. Applying for and receiving funds to go back to her home she lived in for 62 years is something she deserves.
Mark Wauben February 06, 2013 at 07:20 PM
My wife called Brick today and they now have a hazard Mitigation program which provides some grants.
candice paula haugland May 17, 2013 at 02:21 AM
i don t have you number to call you . do have a cell number ,?? i talked fema today .i might get help with rental ass up to 18months maybe ones we are in the house .but i got show recepts used for rental or towards at the time trying get in the place the guy said they might make a expention for food and other things but not all no that ,i said my family had pay to get around to look for places jobs ,we had use it for food washing clothes .i only get 150 if that in food stamps for family of 5 that not anough plus some clothes because we lost everything clothes so on . so theuy got understand that it not our fault we went threw the storm and lost our jobs place and more .we are in a fema hotel still we are waiting for our house to get finished .we need help getting the extends rental assistance from fema I know they pay 18 months some times longer depends on every case different . I still waiting for the red cross to help us with the furniture they can help us with but we need help with yes more of it and allot of other stuff to from body soap razor ,shampoo condoners ,everything for my new born Aubree from dippers wipes clothes bottles so on for her please help get that stuff pots pans spoons forks knifes everything for the kitchen bathrooms the whole house basically towels shower curtains curtains for all the windows so more we need help with food we starting from scathes .throw rugs and more .email and phone

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