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4/25/2014 - Red Cross awards Sandy grant to Bridgeport

The American Red Cross has awarded a grant of $257,000 to support long term recovery efforts in Bridgeport.

The grant to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County will help the Bridgeport Long Term Recovery Group work with populations that have needs which other funding resources have not been able to address. Individual needs identified included home repairs and mitigation of future damage; replacement of furniture, clothing and household items; rental assistance; and reimbursement of monies spent by homeowners on repairs due to Superstorm Sandy.

“More than a year after Sandy there are people who are in need of help to recover,” said Mario Bruno, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region chief executive officer. “The Red Cross, thanks to generous donors, continues working with affected families, communities and partner organizations to provide that help and support.”

Local officials were pleased about the collaboration between United Way of Coastal Fairfield and the Red Cross.

“Hurricane Sandy was devastating for families across the Park City,” Mayor Bill Finch said. “But thanks to organizations like the American Red Cross, and their generosity, it’s made recovery a bit easier for people in cities across Connecticut who weathered this horrific storm.”

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County will help the Long Term Recovery Group to manage and distribute assistance.

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and as a result of the public’s support, the Red Cross has received $311 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of Feb. 28, the Red Cross has spent or committed $291 million — nearly 93% of the donated funds.

In addition to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, the Red Cross has partnered with and funded numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families in Connecticut. These partners include CT Rises, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Operation Hope, United Way of Milford and North Walke Housing Corp., as well as other state and national organizations. Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts focus on the areas of housing repair assistance, relocation assistance, case management and hazard mitigation.