United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has generously awarded $35,000 in grants to assist Norwalk homeowners and renters with unmet Superstorm Sandy recovery needs who are served by North Walke Housing Corporation. Funding for this grant comes from the generosity of those who gave through United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
North Walke Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, will utilize these funds to assist households with critical home repairs and associated mitigation, appliance and furniture replacement and tree trimming and removal due to damages caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia welcomed the announcement: Said Mayor Moccia: “This grant is in keeping with the generous work of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County in its continuing effort to assist Norwalk families affected by Sandy’s devastation. I am grateful for the ongoing support of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the many local businesses and residents who have so kindly contributed.”
Norwalk Redevelopment Commission Chairman Felix Serrano added, “This grant represents a superb ongoing partnership between the professional staff at the Redevelopment Agency and the philanthropic work undertaken by United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. The alliance means that families who are still in need following Superstorm Sandy will be offered meaningful assistance in repairing their homes and their lives.”
These programs represent a critical piece of the efforts being coordinated by the Greater Norwalk Long Term 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 United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and the Fairfield County Community Foundation. The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are currently supporting the City’s recovery efforts through the provision of disaster case management and financial assistance to individuals and/or non-profit organizations.
“We are glad to be able to support the needs of those affected by the damaging effects of the storm,” stated Cathy DeCesare, Chief Strategic Office for United Way. “We are committed to helping families in need become stable, and this terrible storm has created a need that we want to help address.”
People seeking support should contact North Walke by phone (203-854-7274), by email (email@example.com), in person (125 East Avenue, room 202) or by viewing the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund website at norwalkct.org/hurricanesandyrelief. The Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund is available thanks to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s grant and a previously awarded grant from the Robin Hood Foundation.
Total Grant Request: $35,000
Maximum Grant per Household: $5,000
Eligible Applicants: Norwalk homeowners or renters with unmet needs
Eligible Projects: Home repairs and associated mitigation, appliance and furniture replacement and tree removal/trimming. Each project must be determined to be needed as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.