MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Township has given more than $1.2 million in federal grant monies to township residents whose homes were substantially damaged by Superstorm Sandy to help with living expenses.

Funding comes from the Superstorm Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP). The township is the only municipality in New Jersey that has applied and been approved to administer the SHRAP directly to its residents. Since the township begin processing applications earlier this year, 140 qualified households have received assistance.

Middletown received a $1.5 million slice of Monmouth County’s $9 million SHRAP allocation to assist homeowners struggling to recover from the historic storm. Middletown’s program is available to residents whose homes were determined be substantially damaged and that need assistance with housing-related expenses.

“I’m very glad the township received approval to administer the SHRAP to our residents who were hit so hard by Superstorm Sandy. The amount of funds expended so far clearly demonstrates the program is sorely needed here,” said Mayor Stephanie C. Murray. “We will continue to do everything we can to help our families recover from the storm.”

Qualified residents who applied to the program prior to June 30, 2014 may receive up to $15,000 in assistance. Allowable expenses include rent, mortgage, and utility payments, appliances, furniture and other necessary household items such as dishes and linens. The program is providing up to six months of housing and related assistance for households who have already applied to the program. Payments are not made directly to residents.

At this time the township cannot accept any new applications. The township has requested additional funding so that we can accept new applicants, said Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante.