County program can assist seniors and individuals with disabilities
HIGHLANDS, NJ – County residents affected by Superstorm Sandy can apply to the Home Repair and Advocacy program on Friday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 19 Bay Ave. when Monmouth County representatives will host an outreach event.
“The program is designed to help seniors and individuals with disabilities whose primary homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. “Eligible households may receive up to $5,000 for home repairs.”
Funding for this program is being distributed to all of New Jersey’s 21 counties for qualifying Sandy-impacted families and individuals through a federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) to the state Department of Human Services (DHS).
The services provided by this program include, but are not limited to, replacement of interior wall boards, mold remediation, restoration of heating and cooling systems, electrical repair work, roof repairs, cutting or removing trees and replacement of major home appliances.
Prior to providing services, all eligibility factors must be verified. Three estimates for proposed repairs are required. County staff will assist in obtaining contractors and performing inspections.
“There is money available to residents still rebuilding since Superstorm Sandy,” Freeholder John P. Curley said. “Our residents with disabilities and our seniors have additional challenges in the rebuilding process and this Friday’s event will give them a chance to find out about additional resources available to them.”
In order to prevent fraud and maintain the integrity of the program, residents may be asked to bring any of the following items for review:
- NJ Driver's License or other government document proving age or disability
- FEMA/DCA Registration
- Mortgage statement
- State issued driver’s license
- Bank Account statement
- Flood/Homeowners Insurance claim statements
The County’s Office of Community Development and Office on Aging are partnering to administer the program locally. Applications are available on the Community Development section ofwww.visitmonmouth.com. For more information, call 732-431-7460 ext. 7546.