Operation Hope receives grant for Sandy relief efforts

First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Operation Hope Executive Director Carla Miklos announced that the Robin Hood Foundation has awarded Operation Hope a $140,000 grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help augment resources for the Fairfield Storm Sandy relief effort.

“On behalf of our neighbors who are still struggling in the aftermath of Storm Sandy, we are deeply grateful to Robin Hood for its tremendous support of storm relief efforts in our community,” Tetreau said.

Operation Hope will allocate $100,000 to address the urgent housing needs of individuals and families impacted by Storm Sandy, including home repair, home contents replacement and emergency financial assistance.

Another $25,000 will be allocated to the town to support a temporary, part-time case manager position to work with those affected by the storm over a longer-term period.

The final $15,000 will be designated for overhead costs associated with Operation Hope’s food pantry and community kitchen, which have seen a 17% increase in meals and a 22% increase in pantry volume since the storm. The relief funds can only be used for the assistance of Fairfield residents and their primary residences, not businesses, impacted directly by Storm Sandy.

“We applied for these additional funds to the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help the town reach more people affected by the storm,” Miklos said. “We hope that those who read this will let their friends and neighbors know that the fund exists to help them with their unmet needs.”

Last November, the town and Operation Hope created a Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund to provide disaster relief for Fairfield residents affected by Storm Sandy. A committee of concerned citizens and representatives from the town was established to review and approve applications for financial assistance. To date, the fund has raised $95,263.08.

The Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund is still accepting applications for assistance and charitable tax deductible contributions for distribution to Fairfield residents who have been impacted by Storm Sandy. Funds have been disbursed to assist residents with immediate needs not covered by insurance or FEMA and have included items like replacement appliances, clothing, basement clean-up, mold remediation and new mattresses and box springs.

For more information about the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund, call Operation Hope at 203-292-5588.

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