Superstorm Sandy lingers: CT obtains $10.5 million in new social-service relief

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced federal approval for $10.5 million in new disaster relief to help residents and organizations impacted by Storm Sandy.

 

“Once again, I would like to thank the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation for their cooperation in Connecticut’s ongoing disaster recovery efforts,” Governor Malloy said in a statement.  “Unmet needs from Storm Sandy that qualify for social services funding are not necessarily the most visible, but they impact many of our residents and human service organizations in ways that merit our special attention.” The  Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Supplemental Funds will be used for protective services, as wewll as case management and housing for those affected by last year’s storm.

 

Connecticut was granted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families based on an allocation involving the number of people registering for individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plan includes:

 

  • Case management services ($4,861,829);
  • Counseling services ($1,162,611);
  • Housing services ($739,843);
  • Information and referral ($528,460);
  • Protective services for adults ($528,460);
  • Protective services for children ($1,056,919);
  • Renovation, repairs and operating costs sustained by child care, health care or other social services organizations ($739,843); and
  • Administrative services ($951,227).

 

“This SSBG funding is especially welcome to support our continuing recovery after Storm Sandy,” DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said.  “The funding will help individuals and families who have experienced a range of problems and issues relating to the disaster.  It will also go toward compensating organizations and agencies which have sustained uncovered costs and expenses related to serving residents and paying for repairs and renovations.”

 

Details on how residents, businesses and municipalities can apply for services are available at the state’s official CT Recovers website at http://ctrecovers.ct.gov.

 

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