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December 04 2012

Operation HOPE Ramps Up Hurricane Sandy: Project Restore HOPE Fueled by Cadre of Private Sector Support

Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE continues financial triage for individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy  

New York – December 3, 2012 – After Hurricane Katrina Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE), through its disaster preparedness and response division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), responded with FEMA and provided financial recovery information and guidance to over 200,000 individuals for three years.  Hurricane Sandy has produced the same financial recovery challenges; disruption of revenues and individual income, extensive flooding, power and gas outages for extended times, homes and buildings not occupied for several weeks and the additional challenges created by the east coast winter weather.

Individuals and small business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy will require financial recovery services in New York City, New Jersey, which include the fourteen areas most impacted.  The services of HOPE Coalition America, accessible by calling 888-388-HOPE (4673), include assistance with the following challenges:

  • Disaster Recovery Budget
  • Paying a Mortgage on a Destroyed Home
  • Home Inspections and Repair Contracts
  • Assistance with Working with Your Creditors
  • Referrals to Government and Private Agencies
  • Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Documents
  • Insurance Claims Assistance
  • Recovery Seminars and Case Management

HCA is a collaborative effort that allows knowledgeable, responsible individuals employed in the regulated financial services industry to provide one-on-one assistance to individuals and families recovering from disasters.

“Hurricane Sandy will require individuals to make important financial decisions that will affect their recovery time and we want them to have the information and guidance they need to make informed decisions,” said John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE’s founder and CEO, in addressing the value of HOPE’s disaster recovery services. “As we celebrate 20 years of delivering financial dignity to underserved communities, it important to note that financial economic preparedness is a growing concern, which Operation HOPE has been at the forefront of addressing.”

About HOPE Coalition America
The HOPE emergency financial and economic preparedness, response and recovery disaster division - HOPE Coalition America (HCA) - is the only financial emergency preparedness and recovery service in the country that is a national partner with FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Citizen Corps.  After a disaster, people desperately need assistance with obtaining lost or destroyed documents, home inspections and filing insurance claims, deferring payments and negotiating with creditors, and completing FEMA assistance applications, among other efforts to reclaim financial stability.