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July 31 2013

HOPE Coalition America Strengthens Presence in New York and New Jersey


Local access walk-in locations will connect disaster recovery services with community needs

NEW YORK – August 1, 2013 – Today, financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced a memorandum of agreement with agencies in New York and New Jersey that resulted in the opening of eight local HOPE Coalition America (HCA) Office locations that will expand the organization’s ability to provide disaster financial recovery services to individuals, families and small businesses affected by and recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

The new locations are now open in Atlantic City, Brick, Moonachie, Mt. Vernon, Newark, Sayreville, Staten Island, and White Plains.

When Sandy touched down last October, HOPE established a presence and began “financial triage.” Currently HCA is dedicating 16 employees, 385 active volunteers and commitments from the corporate sector to facilitate these efforts. In the last eight months, HOPE Coalition America has provided recovery assistance to 15,000 clients.

The new locations can help anyone looking to boost their stalled efforts or, for those who haven’t had success getting their issues resolved, HCA offers disaster recovery budget guidance, business recovery and expansion plans, insurance claim assistance, application assistance for state and city assistance programs, loan application assistance, help working with creditors, and combining all resources into a rebuild plan.

Individuals and small business owners are encouraged to take advantage of HCAs FREE one-on-one recovery information and guidance by calling 888-388-HOPE (4673) or contacting a representative in one of the new HCA locations (listed below).
 

New Jersy Offices  New York Offices 

HOPE Coalition America Office
1 South New York Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
John Romano
917 513 2858

HOPE Coalition America Office
Staten Island Alliance
274 Colony Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
Louis Prezeau
646 853 4406
 

HOPE Coalition America Office
Middlesex LTRG
c/o Sayreville Senior Center
423 Main Street
Sayreville, NJ 08872
Marlon Greer
917 513 5061 

HOPE Coalition America Office
c/o Westchester One Stop Employment Center
120 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605
Lawrence Blaber, Jr.
929 400 3129 
 

HOPE Coalition America Office
First Presbyterian Church/Bergen Co. VOAD
221 Moonachie Avenue
Moonachie, NJ 07074
Marlon Greer
917 513 5061
 

HOPE Coalition America Office
c/o Westchester One Stop Employment Center
100 East First Street
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Lawrence Blaber, Jr.
929 400 3129  
 

HOPE Coalition America Office
Ironbound Community Corporation
179 Van Buren Street
Newark, NJ 07105
Marlon Greer 917 513 5061
or  Louis Prezeau 646 853 4406
 
 

HOPE Coalition America Office
c/o Brick Township Department of Parks & Recreation
270 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, NJ 08723
John Romano
917 513 2858
 
 

To facilitate recovery from the damaging storm, HCA received support from a group of corporate supporters including, JPMorgan Chase, the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, CoreLogic, UPS, Allstate, Ares, HSBC, Citi Foundation, Chubb Corporation, Equifax and Experian. Support also comes through the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the American Red Cross.

Sandy made landfall in the New York and New Jersey states as a tropical cyclone on October 29, flooding coastal communities, taking down trees, tearing up infrastructure and demolishing homes and businesses throughout the state. Forty, New Jersey residents lost their lives. The storm is projected to be the second costliest in United States history after Katrina, the August 29 hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Formed in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, HCA is HOPE’s first line of response for financial recovery. Through a national partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, it focuses on strategies for economic recovery before and after natural disasters and national emergencies.