2013-12-13 / Community

Red Cross Gives $$ To Local Outfits

The American Red Cross has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to Margert Community Corporation, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund and Rockaway Youth Task Force to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in Queens.

Margert Community Corporation will receive a $700,000 grant, and will use the funding to provide home repairs for 105 households which were affected by Sandy; another 600 households will receive housing counseling. “Margert was approaching its own ‘fiscal cliff’ on September 30th with the expiration of state and foundationfunded

Sandy recovery programs,” said Joseph G. Barden, executive director, Margert Community Corporation. “This grant from the Red Cross has allowed us to continue to provide direct emergency long-term recovery and resiliency housing rehabilitation - especially health and safety measures such as mold remediation - to assist homeowners with individual gap grant awards, and assist displaced tenants and special needs households.”

In addition to Margert Community Corporation, the Red Cross has awarded $178,808 grant to the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund. The group will use the funding to provide home repair for 26 Sandy affected households in Breezy Point. “The grant we are receiving from the Red Cross will be used to complete repairs for many of our most vulnerable residents and will hasten their return,” said Steve Greenberg, chairman of the board, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund.

Additionally, the Rockaway Youth Taskforce will receive a $50,000 grant, and will use the funds to train 50 peer leaders and mobilize 500 volunteers to help repair Sandy-affected homes in the Rockaways.

The group will do so by organizing 24 volunteer rebuild days over the course of a year. The organization will also receive 100 Red Cross “Go Bags,” emergency kits that will be distributed as part of its preparedness training presentations throughout the Rockaway Peninsula over the coming year.

“The Rockaway Youth Task Force is excited to partner with the Red Cross in the rebuilding of the Rockaway Peninsula,” said Milan Taylor, president, Rockaway Youth Task Force. “The youth are a very vulnerable population and it’s imperative that they’re included in the strengthening of our community throughout the rebuilding process.”

Josh Lockwood, CEO, and Red Cross Greater New York Region, said: “I am proud that generous donations to the Red Cross for Sandy enable us to support the work of Margert Community Corporation, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund and Rockaway Youth Task Force to help Sandy survivors in Queens recover and rebuild.” Local elected officials were also pleased about the three community-based organizations’ collaboration with the Red Cross.

According to the Red Cross, additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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