BrigStrong Community Updates

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BrigStrong, the Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) which is an extension of the True Spirit Coalition, is composed of local volunteers helping people who are suffering the effects of Superstorm Sandy. This column will be utilized to publicize resources and other information for those affected.

Red Cross transitions to recovery program

The American Red Cross is now transitioning to a recovery program focused effort to enable us to work with individuals and families whose homes are uninhabitable as a result of Sandy and assist them in obtaining housing and/or the stability needed to move forward to the next steps of their recovery. The Red Cross also seeks to provide assistance to those who have not had their needs met through insurance, FEMA or other resources.

The Red Cross outreach program may provide assistance with security deposit, rent and application fees; utility assistance; moving costs, brokerage fees and storage costs; minor home repairs to owner-occupied property; referrals to social services programs and counseling programs; assistance in completing applications or insurance claims; identifying child care resources; providing connections to legal resources or new programs for Sandy recovery; and/or other assistance that our casework may reveal as an unmet need.

All assistance provided will be subject to verification and documentation. Individuals can send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the Red Cross Client Hotline at (571) 205-3000.

Habitat for Humanity announces application fairs

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County (HFHAC) is hosting two fairs for residents of Atlantic County in need of critical home repair in order to return to their homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 22 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 7117 Ventnor Ave. in Ventnor.

The fairs offer homeowners the opportunity to apply for the following services: clearing out and cleaning up areas that sustained water damage, and tearing out carpets, drywall, insulation, and furniture. It also includes restoring storm-damaged walls, flooring, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and other basic critical home repairs. The purpose of Critical Home repair is to get families back into their homes so they are safe, warm and able to feed their families.

Recipients of Habitat assistance for Critical Home Repair must meet basic requirements. To be eligible, families should be within 80 percent or less of the area median income, have registered with FEMA, submitted claims to their insurance companies (if applicable), and have sustained damage to their only residence. For more information call (609) 487-9472 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Beachcomber News, as a public service, will continue to publish information which may help island residents who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.

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