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Housing Assistance Available from FEMA for Displaced Victims of Hurricane Sandy

November 09, 2012

Housing Assistance Available from FEMA for Displaced Victims of Hurricane Sandy

following information pertains to the Transitional Housing Assistance (THA)
program that is available to displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy.

falls under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It allows eligible
evacuees from Hurricane Sandy, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in
hotels or motels until more suitable housing accommodations are available.

federal assistance is intended to provide a place to stay for a longer period of
time for evacuees whose neighborhoods are not accessible or whose houses have
been destroyed. The initial period of assistance is from Nov. 1, 2012 to Nov. 14, 2012,
with a Nov. 15 checkout.

decision regarding extending the initial assistance period beyond Nov. 14, 2012
has not been made at this time.

Once again, the contact info regarding Transitional Housing Assistance (THA) is
as follows:

by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or
speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven
days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Help in
languages other than English is available. Or you can register online at You can also
apply through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting and go to the link and then follow the link to “apply online for
federal assistance.”

evacuees must fit the following criteria:

FEMA must be able to verify the identity of the evacuee;

2. The primary residence of the evacuee must be in one of the counties that has
been designated a disaster area; and

3. The primary residence is inaccessible or unlivable due to damage or lack of power.

In addition to THA-related information, Governor Christie sent out
information on Wednesday afternoon regarding services that residents may access
through New Jersey’
Departments of Health and Human Services.

Department of Health has public health experts available through the state’s 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water
safety and mold removal to assist New Jersey residents as they cleanup their
homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy.

experts can answer questions about personal health and safety concerns;
cleaning and mold removal; carbon monoxide concerns and food and drinking water
safety. Residents can call 2-1-1 or 1-866-234-0964 to reach Public Health
officials, who are available to take calls 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am
to 5 pm on weekends. The 2-1-1 human services hotline is open 24/7.

are also resources available to help residents cope with the stress during this
challenging time. The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of
Mental Health and Addiction Services – Disaster and Terrorism Branch is
coordinating statewide efforts to help individuals and communities manage the
emotional impact of the storm.

Disaster and Terrorism Branch partners with the Mental Health Association in
New Jersey to offer assistance through a toll-free Disaster Mental Health
Helpline: 1-877-294-HELP (4357). A TTY line is available for persons who are
deaf and hearing impaired at 1-877-294-4356. The federal government also has a Disaster Distress website and provides 24/7
crisis counseling and support resources available at 1-800-985-5990 or Text
TalkWithUS to 66746. The federal Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from
a network of crisis call centers located across the United States, all of whom
provide crisis counseling for those who are in emotional distress.

resources that are offered through NJ 2-1-1 vary from community-to-community,
call specialists will provide information and referral services to callers
about a variety of concerns, including: food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency
or homeless shelters, rental assistance and utility assistance.

The call center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is
staffed with over 50 referral specialists trained to guide callers to the most
appropriate services in their area. Particularly in times of disaster, 2-1-1
plays a vital role in keeping residents connected to factual, up-to-date
information. NJ 2-1-1 does not process applications or provide funding or

Share what's interestiDrop off is Mon, November 12th
at Piping Rock Park
Carton St, Rumson
(Across from Vals near RFH)


Burgers, Hot Dogs, Ice, Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil,
Oven Mitts, Fire Starters, Clam Shell To-Go Styrofoam

Extremely busy day today in Sea Bright. I'm being told we fed 1200 people for lunch.
We are going through a lot of food, and are going to need more.

*RFH will be in school tomorrow so the lot might be full, in which case we will be on the road on Carton St.*


HUD Takes Action to Encourage Use of Senior Housing for Hurricane Sandy Victims

NJAR Action Center
From: NJAR Communications [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of NJAR Communications
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 4:26 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: HUD Takes Action to Encourage Use of Senior Housing for Hurricane Sandy Victims

HUD Takes Action to Encourage Use of Senior Housing for Hurricane Sandy VictimsIn the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® (NJAR®) worked with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in response to the large number of New Jersey families who may need short- and long-term housing. Upon NJAR®'s suggestions, HUD has issued a new guidance document to encourage the use of unoccupied housing units designated for senior citizens to those who are under the age of 55 that have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. This is similar to action taken by HUD following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to those who lost their homes in the Gulf Coast. Under this guidance document issued by HUD Assistant Secretary John Trasviña, senior communities can make their vacant units available to those under the age of 55 while maintaining their exemption from the Fair Housing Act. Under federal law, 80% of the units in a senior community must be occupied by at least one person over the age of 55. This guidance document will allow senior communities to admit evacuees under the age of 55 and not count them against this 80% calculation.Under the terms of the guidance document, an evacuee is considered to be anyone who, at the time of Hurricane Sandy, lived in a county declared to be a disaster area and who was designated for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). All 21 counties in New Jersey have been declared as a disaster area by the federal government, meaning that any New Jersey evacuee affected by Hurricane Sandy qualifies for the use of a senior housing unit under this guidance document.
While HUD has issued this waiver to permit senior communities to allow evacuees whose homes were affected by Hurricane Sandy under the age of 55 to reside in their communities, it does not state that these communities have to allow those under 55 to reside there temporarily. The guidance document merely states that these communities cannot lose their federal exemption which allows them to restrict occupancy of 80% of their units to those over age 55. In addition, while senior communities can choose to limit the time an evacuee under age 55 may reside there, HUD encourages that evacuees be allowed to reside in such communities for as long as necessary.
The HUD guidance document also contains a question and answer sheet (see pages 3-6) regarding Hurricane Sandy evacuees residing in senior housing communities. If you have any questions regarding this guidance document issued by HUD, please contact the NJAR® Government Affairs department at (732) 494-4713.
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Vietnam Vet lost everything to Hurrican Sandy looking for family

My friend Anne has a brother who is a 65 year old Vietnam vet lost everything in Highlands, he was living in the trailer park by the bay. Because of this he lost his phone and everything and has no contact and is looking for his son and daughter.

The most sad part about this situation is that he went to the Henry Hudson shelter where he was bit by a dog and now is in the hospital at Jersey Shore Medical where his hand is being operated.

His name is Dennis Guiney and  his son is Chris Guiney and Lea Guiney is the daughter. If anyone knows of these people please contact me Gloria Benaroch-Garland 732.245.4031 and I will put them in touch with Dennis's sister Anne in Florida.

Also any help for this vietnam vet for after the hospital is greatly appreciated.

When the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy results in a Federal Disaster Declaration in the county where you are under contract to buy or sell a home, and that transaction requires the buyer to obtain a mortgage please read this.
If the appraiser has already completed the inspection, under Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Government Agency (FHA, etc.) rules, the appraiser must return to the house, re-inspect it and confirm that there is no storm damage. This must be done prior closing. If you have a closing scheduled for the days immediately following the storm, and there is a Federal Disaster Declaration in the County, there could be mortgage related delays while appraisers get out to do the re-inspections. To reduce closing stress, prepare to be flexible regarding the closing date. If the Hurricane Irene experience of last year is a guide, delays were seldom more than a few days.

We are Survivors

Kathleen Koch wrote this: she covered Katrina as a CNN correspondent and has done a book and two documentaries about her Mississippi hometown's recovery from the hurricane.

Welcome to the survivors’ club. Whether you lost your belongings, your car, your home, a loved one or your entire neighborhood, you are not a victim — and don’t let anyone label you that way. You are not helpless. You will get through this.

In the disaster zone, your brain won’t want to process what your eyes are seeing. You will see, hear and smell things you never thought you would. It will feel like you’re in a dream or on a movie set, because this simply can’t be the place where you lived.

You’ll feel like an ant trying to move a mountain. Don’t be paralyzed into inaction by the enormity of the task ahead of you. It can be done. Just keep moving. Any forward progress, even in baby steps, is good.

Salvage what you can. The smallest items will be precious reminders of the past. But recognize what is beyond repair and as painful as it is, throw it out. If you can’t, have someone else do it for you.

Don’t punish yourself or those you love because you (or they) didn’t store your family photos in the attic, move the car, save your vital papers, evacuate, buy flood insurance. What’s done is done. Let it go.

You’re on autopilot now. Your adrenaline is pumping as you figure out where to live, find food, buy gasoline. You will get used to standing in lines. Use that time to bond with others who are on the same journey. Anger and frustration help no one.

Respect the rules of a disaster zone. Don’t cut in line. Defer to the young and the old, who are most vulnerable at these times. Just because property is sitting in the middle of a street or dangling from a tree branch doesn’t mean it’s free for the taking. It belongs to someone. Stack salvageable items where neighbors can see them and potentially reclaim their lost property.

“How’s your house?” will become the new greeting when you see friends and neighbors. You’ll have a new way of marking time — pre-Sandy and post-Sandy. The definition of the word “home” will expand to include a shelter, a couch, a garage, a friend’s basement.

Disasters are great equalizers. They reveal people’s true nature — for better or for worse. You’ll find out who your real friends are and what love really means. Incredible acts of kindness will come from unexpected quarters. Beware of the few who seek to profit from the misery of others.

Feel the pain. Cry if you need to. Hug each other. Share what you have. Know that you are not alone, because volunteers by the thousands are on their way. Their selfless generosity will renew your faith in your fellow man.

Your instinct will be to rebuild an exact replica of what was, down to the last brick, board and beam. Consider carefully whether that’s wise or even possible. Seek out ways to prevent future damage by rebuilding higher, smarter, stronger and further from the water. See this as an opportunity.

Accept the new normal. The past is just that. You can cherish the place you and your neighbors once called home where it will always exist — in your collective memories.

ShopRite: We are here for you during this tough time


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The devastation that our local communities experienced during Hurricane
Sandy is unprecedented. All of us at ShopRite offer our support and
heartfelt sympathies to the communities we serve that have suffered
unimaginable losses due to this storm.

We have worked hard to get our stores up and running so that you, your
family and your neighbors can get the basic necessities you need to start
the long process of getting back to normal. We're here if you need a warm place to go, some power to charge your electronic devices, your important medications, or just a chance to get out and see the
friendly faces of our associates.

While there are a few stores that are still working to get their power
back, the majority of our nearly 250 ShopRite stores are open for you and
stocked with all the essentials. Click here to view the latest store updates. We are here for you and will continue to
serve your needs during this tough time.

Now more than ever... This is your neighborhood. This is your ShopRite.

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