Red Cross awards $1.05 million to support Sandy recovery

The American Red Cross Thursday awarded a grant of $1,051,057 to CT Rises, the statewide Long Term Recovery Group formed in response to Superstorm Sandy.

The funds will support the unmet recovery needs of Connecticut residents affected by Sandy and who are primarily living in cities and towns without local Long Term Recovery Groups, according to a statement from the Red Cross.

The money can be used for things like repair or replacement of housing stock; modifications of homes to meet new building codes or mitigation requirements, such as home elevation; temporary housing costs; appliance and furniture replacement; and other needs identified through review with caseworkers.

"CT Rises is pleased and honored to receive this generous grant from the American Red Cross," CT Rises Vice Chairman Daria F. Smith said. "Several areas of Connecticut were hit strongly by Superstorm Sandy, resulting in significant personal property damage. Many storm survivors seeking to repair or rebuild their homes have exhausted the mainstream avenues for relief assistance, yet still continue to struggle with unmet needs related to storm damage.

"In partnership with the American Red Cross, this grant will enable CT Rises to assist residents with their unmet needs, helping individuals and families as they strive toward recovery."

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