2014-02-28 / Top Stories

Margert And Red Cross To Help Sandy Households

Recognizing the amount of work still to be done to make Sandy struck communities whole again, Margert Community Corporation has announced a new partnership with the American Red Cross and a new initiative to provide help.

A recent release the office of Margert Executive Director Joseph Barden noted that, “Hurricane Sandy is gone from the 24-hour news cycle, and the world may have passed us by, but the residents of the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Howard Beach continue to struggle with the aftermath of that brutal storm.”

Although it too was hammered by Sandy, Margert has continued bringing relief to families struggling to restore their lives.

The organization announced that thanks to a generous grant from the American Red Cross, Margert is prepared to provide home repairs, rehabilitation gap grants, case management and housing counseling services to more than 700 Sandy-impacted households living in and around Community Board 14.

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years and Margert has been selected to project its presence, in a very meaningful way, throughout the Rockaways.

“The nature and extent of the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy was so unprecedented,” Barden says, “that we needed to create a new paradigm to assist the survivors. The American Red Cross grant will allow us to provide direct rehab assistance, disaster case management and comprehensive housing counseling.”

Margert’s Red Cross Sandy initiative will help to restore and repair the homes of residents within Queens Community District 14 adversely affected by the storm and left without adequate resources to return their homes to habitability.

Services to these owner-occupied primary residences will include construction management, mold remediation, materials, skilled and licensed contractors, and other mitigation measures in the restoration/repair process.

Other housing assistance will include mortgage foreclosure prevention counseling and a variety of services for tenants seeking to locate or maintain safe, decent and affordable housing.

If a homeowner or tenant and their family have been adversely impacted by the hurricane and they have not received adequate relief from insurance proceeds and/or FEMA, they are asked to contact Margert Community Corporation right away!

Certified Margert intake workers are standing by at 718-471-3724 or they can access Margert online at info@margert.org.

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