Funds to Assist Low-Income Families in Norwalk and Surrounding Communities
February 19, 2013 – Norwalk. The Robin Hood Relief Fund has awarded $400,000 in grants to assist the most vulnerable population of low-income individuals and families in Lower Fairfield County served by North Walke Housing Corporation and Person-to-Person. Funding for this grant comes from money raised through 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief held at Madison Square Garden.
North Walke Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, has been awarded $250,000. The agency will utilize these funds to assist households with critical home repairs, as well as rental assistance, for Norwalk residents who are temporarily displaced by the storm, or who need support as they work to return their homes to a habitable condition.
Person-to-Person has been awarded $150,000. Disbursement of the grant will provide assistance primarily to residents of greater Norwalk. Funds will help to replace household items, personal belongings and appliances, and, as needed, will support moving expenses and security deposits.
The two agencies each will review requests for relief assistance on a case by case basis. People seeking support should contact North Walke and Person-to-Person respectively. Requests for information or assistance from Person-to-Person should be directed to Marina Thomas, Director of Social Services at Person-to-Person (203-656-4631 x 133). Program guidelines and application forms for North Walke Housing Corporation assistance are available at http://norwalkct.org/hurricanesandyrelief and North Walke staff can be reached at (203) 854-7274.
“The effect of Sandy on low-income families in the area was devastating,” says Ceci Maher, Executive Director of Person-to-Person. “Families already on tight budgets, relying on each paycheck to make ends meet and provide for their families experienced huge setbacks due to lost wages; many lacked the resources to repair damages and replace belongings. This grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund will have a significant impact on the most vulnerable families.”
Mayor Moccia noted “Robin Hood’s generous grant is a welcome addition to the recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy and this is especially appreciated because the funds will be distributed to families with the least ability to finance their own recovery efforts. I wish to commend the specific efforts of Person-to-Person and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency for taking the initiative in the grant application process.”
“Between 50 and 150 of Norwalk’s neediest families will benefit from this award,” added Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano. “All of us at the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency are pleased with the results and proud of the work undertaken by our staff colleagues to secure this important grant. I commend the Robin Hood organization for reviewing and agreeing with the assessed needs and responding so generously to our community.”
These programs represent a critical piece of the efforts being coordinated by Norwalk’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Committee, chaired by the City’s Deputy Director of Emergency Management, Michele DeLuca, and which has representation by many organizations supporting recovery efforts, including the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and the Fairfield County Community Foundation which will be administering the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund established with proceeds of the Mayor’s Ball held in late January. The Salvation Army and the Red Cross will be supporting the region’s recovery efforts through the provision of disaster case management and assistance to individuals and/or non-profit organizations.
About North Walke Housing Corporation
North Walke Housing Corporation is a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the Norwalk Redevelopment which provides housing opportunities to low and moderate income persons in Norwalk through homeownership assistance and the financing, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of housing. For more information contact the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency at (203) 854-7810 x 46792.
For nearly 45 years, Person-to-Person has provided emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families residing in Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Having recently merged with Christian Community Action, the agency has facilities in Darien and in Norwalk and serves residents living throughout Lower Fairfield County. In 2012 the two locations collectively provided 449,316 meals, served more than 23,000 people, provided emergency financial assistance to 1,241 families, collected and distributed more than 50,000 bags of free clothing, and provided 170 students with scholarships for college. Person-to-Person is a volunteer-driven, community-supported agency which, through a sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families who lack basic necessities or resources to improve their lives. For more information contact Person-to-Person at 203-655-0048 or 203-939-1650.
About the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
Founded in 1988, Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. The Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has granted tens of millions of dollars to organizations throughout New York’s tri-state region that help individuals and families recover from the devastating effects of the storm. In addition, Robin Hood’s board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.
For more information or to make a contribution to Robin Hood’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, visit www.robinhood.org/rhsandy