Kearny: Hurricane Sandy relief still available for eligible homeowners and renters

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    Kearny Main Library

    Kearny Mayor, Alberto G. Santos, announced that New Jersey’s Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) is available to help eligible people who have housing related financial distress that resulted from Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Santos said, “I urge all eligible victims of Hurricane Sandy to apply for help from SHRAP, if they meet the guidelines for the program. Representatives from the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) will be available on April 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the Kearny Library (318 Kearny Avenue), to assist Kearny residents through the application process”. Ana Quintela, Executive Director of the BEOF, said, “We have been very successful in implementing the program and helping Hudson County residents receive funding. The BEOF is ready to assist eligible applicants get the assistance they need from the SHRAP”.

    Eligible applicants’ financial distress must be a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. Applicants for SHRAP must be either US citizens or eligible permanent residents. They must not currently be receiving Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) benefits or be eligible for WJNJ/SSI Emergency Assistance. Applicants must be legally related or blood-related if part of a household. SHRAP benefits are time-limited to six months of assistance per household.

    Up to $15,000 in relief is available per family or individual. Assistance is available to help individuals/families with expenses for housing, current or past due utility payments, and for the replacement of essential items such as furniture and appliances. To be eligible, the expense must be a direct result of Hurricane Sandy.

    Housing payments can be issued to meet a need for current or past due rent or mortgage. If a household needs assistance with ongoing housing expenses, the household must make a request with a new affidavit/worksheet every month to ensure that program funding remains available.

    Prior to providing services, all eligibility factors must be verified. Eligibility factors include financial need, citizenship/alien status; need resulting from Sandy, not being eligible for WFNJ/SSI EA; and family relationship. The primary method of verifying identity/residency is a New Jersey driver’s license. However, verifications may include a valid driver’s license or state-issued photo ID; a mortgage statement, a lease agreement; birth certificate; and affidavit or statement regarding current living arrangements; homeowner’s insurance documents; or proof of FEMA registration (if applicable). The Social Security number to the head of household is required.

    SHRAP applications are also available at the headquarters of the BEOF, 555 Kennedy Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

    For information, please contact Donna Cullen of the BEOF at 201-437-7222, ext. 23.