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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 (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM
I assume you mean on the mobile version. I noticed the same thing and reported it to our tech folks. If I could do something on my own, I would, but the best I can do is report it. They told me they would work on it.
Brick Jerz Mom January 10, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I am a brick Resident, I understand many people lost a lot & not trying to compare at all, but as many we lost a vehicle only live a block in from the river. It a older car but still worked very well, & possible would have became one of our teenagers car in a year or 2. we had only basic inc. on it bcz of its ago. We called the car insurance company ( which BTW just had to make a payment on these car that is unusable) & they told me to Contact FEMA, we did, & basically was told bcz we have another car we where S.o.L. we gave 6 people in our family that are now sharing 1 care with 170,000 miles on. the Vehicle that got destroyed from the storm was only worth about 4,000 But it was ours.. it was paid for by our $$ we kept it insured etc.. My husband & I both work But Do not have the means to just go out & buy another car. Iam sure we both have far exceeded 4,000 paying into the FEMA program ( taxes) I hear of all this help out there... sorry but myself & many others Do not feel that way. Again I understand people have lost much more, & FEMA should help them first & for most, But just bcz someone lost Less, then someone else doesn't mean they shouldn't get help either
Brick Jerz Mom January 10, 2013 at 02:09 PM
* sorry typos
EZ else where January 10, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Sorry to here about the run around. I have to tell you. I live in PA & have to have food stamps. I was shocked to see more in my account in Nov. I called to find out why & they told me that because of the storm anyone on FS got more because we may have lost food(I did NOT, I didn't even lose electricity) I also have a brother in law that lives in Queens, they got alot of damage to the home totally basement lost had to re do funance hot water heater etc... Not only Did Fema Already send them a check for the repairs he lost both his cars & hos motorcycle & they gave him a check to cover everything ... It seems like alot of media cover stories in the Jerseyshore area but you guys are having a hard time getting help the PA & NY
Don Smith January 10, 2013 at 02:42 PM
FEMA bought him a new motorcycle? Really? Can I get a new boat too?
EZ else where January 10, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Yes... they paid for his motorcycle to get replaced....
makes me sick January 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
sadly I have heard similar stories... seems like it all depended on who ( fema) inspected came to your home & how they put in the claim. Obama care at it finest ( with the food stamp story in PA)
bill January 10, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I am sure FEMA did not give the money directly to the repairs or purchase of a new motorcycle. The person probably received funds and they used it to repair what they wanted.
Don Smith January 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Understand in my case it was a modest second home in the family for 74 years. It was part of my lifestyle. I now hear the town basicly saying they want fewer larger homes where I was. What is the rationael here. Bigger is better? If it is bigger I will have to make it my only place. Is that smart? Under 100 ft sq is all that should be allowed on the barrior island. It is a risky place to build so lets act like it.
makes me sick January 10, 2013 at 03:39 PM
1 check covering everything to be replaced or repaired?
makes me sick January 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Are you lucky enough to get help? heard that second homes here the same as second cars /// No help?
KC January 11, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Generally it appears that what is understandably driving people the most crazy is a lack of consistency in guidelines. Some people had checks cut immediately and others are floundering awaiting insurance and/or FEMA. It is not a perfect world as we know, but certainly these insurance companies should be made to pony up to people who paid for policies for years. Good Luck to all.
Lori Morrison January 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Fema sends one check with an approval letter showing how much money is allocated for home repairs, rental assistance and personal property. Unless you are audited by fema in the next three years, they have no records of how you actually used the money. If an audit is done, proof is needed to show that the money was used for what it was intended or it has to be paid back.
Dawn Marie White January 12, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Scott P, Is Brick participating in the The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) which provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. I would also like to know if funds have been requested by the township from the Robinhood Foundation?
Daniel Nee (Editor) 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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