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April 11 2013

Operation HOPE Financial Disaster Guidance Program Receives $600,000 from Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund



Brick, NJ -- Monday, April, 8, 2013 – Operation HOPE joined New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie to announce a $600,000 grant that will assist Superstorm Sandy survivors through Project Restore HOPE, a collaboration of Operation HOPE’s disaster preparedness and recovery division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), and government and private sector institutions.

“We are pleased to receive these funds, which will help us provide the services necessary to assist storm survivors rebuild their homes, businesses and lives,” said Mary H. Ehrsam, HOPE's chief executive officer for the New York market. “These funds will give us an opportunity to reach more people.”
The funding comes from the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund, which has raised approximately $33 million since it was founded in the days after the storm struck.

The press conference was held at the Civic Plaza in Brick, which is where the first HOPE financial disaster guidance and recovery site will be located, officials disclosed. The monies will also go to open two additional HCA regional offices to provide services in affected areas of New Jersey.

Project Restore HOPE: Hurricane Sandy works to help families and individuals navigate the financial challenges they face following a disaster. The goal of the team initiative is to provide long-term economic revitalization and empowerment services and programs to survivors of Hurricane Sandy on-the-ground, and via a toll-free hotline.

The Brick office will facilitate face-to-face meetings and appointments with professionals to assist residents in applying for grants and loans, recovery budget preparation and emergency credit management, working with individuals to help them understand and complete the insurance claim process and referrals to government and private agencies providing assistance.

Formed in 2001, as the result of a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, HCA focuses on providing guidance and counseling to help individuals, businesses and families rebuild or recover from financial emergencies, such as natural disaster, personal tragedy or national emergency. HCA has distributed over 500,000 copies of the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) in addition to providing post-disaster financial triage in many states for more than 33 disasters, including the 2004 Florida Hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, various storms and floods.