November 09, 2012
following information pertains to the Transitional Housing Assistance (THA)
program that is available to displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy.
falls under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It allows eligible
evacuees from Hurricane Sandy, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in
hotels or motels until more suitable housing accommodations are available.
federal assistance is intended to provide a place to stay for a longer period of
time for evacuees whose neighborhoods are not accessible or whose houses have
been destroyed. The initial period of assistance is from Nov. 1, 2012 to Nov. 14, 2012,
with a Nov. 15 checkout.
decision regarding extending the initial assistance period beyond Nov. 14, 2012
has not been made at this time.
Once again, the contact info regarding Transitional Housing Assistance (THA) is
by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or
speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven
days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Help in
languages other than English is available. Or you can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov You can also
apply through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting http://m.fema.gov and go to the
disasterassistance.gov link and then follow the link to “apply online for
evacuees must fit the following criteria:
FEMA must be able to verify the identity of the evacuee;
2. The primary residence of the evacuee must be in one of the counties that has
been designated a disaster area; and
3. The primary residence is inaccessible or unlivable due to damage or lack of power.
In addition to THA-related information, Governor Christie sent out
information on Wednesday afternoon regarding services that residents may access
through New Jersey’s
Departments of Health and Human Services.
Department of Health has public health experts available through the state’s 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water
safety and mold removal to assist New Jersey residents as they cleanup their
homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy.
experts can answer questions about personal health and safety concerns;
cleaning and mold removal; carbon monoxide concerns and food and drinking water
safety. Residents can call 2-1-1 or 1-866-234-0964 to reach Public Health
officials, who are available to take calls 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am
to 5 pm on weekends. The 2-1-1 human services hotline is open 24/7.
are also resources available to help residents cope with the stress during this
challenging time. The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of
Mental Health and Addiction Services – Disaster and Terrorism Branch is
coordinating statewide efforts to help individuals and communities manage the
emotional impact of the storm.
Disaster and Terrorism Branch partners with the Mental Health Association in
New Jersey to offer assistance through a toll-free Disaster Mental Health
Helpline: 1-877-294-HELP (4357). A TTY line is available for persons who are
deaf and hearing impaired at 1-877-294-4356. The federal government also has a Disaster Distress website and provides 24/7
crisis counseling and support resources available at 1-800-985-5990 or Text
TalkWithUS to 66746. The federal Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from
a network of crisis call centers located across the United States, all of whom
provide crisis counseling for those who are in emotional distress.
resources that are offered through NJ 2-1-1 vary from community-to-community,
call specialists will provide information and referral services to callers
about a variety of concerns, including: food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency
or homeless shelters, rental assistance and utility assistance.
The call center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is
staffed with over 50 referral specialists trained to guide callers to the most
appropriate services in their area. Particularly in times of disaster, 2-1-1
plays a vital role in keeping residents connected to factual, up-to-date
information. NJ 2-1-1 does not process applications or provide funding or