The Monmouth County Update No.15 – September 5, 2014 Newsletter of Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group
Friday – September 5Operation Hope in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands1-4PM
Free Counseling in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands2-4PM
Monday – September 8Case Management Meeting2201 Marconi Road, Wall 11am-12pm
FoodBank Counseling in Keansburg211 Carr Avenue, Keansburg10AM-3PM
Wednesday – September 10Catholic Charities in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands1-4PM
Friday – September 12Operation Hope in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands1PM-5PM
Free Counseling in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands2-4PM
Monday – September 15
Case Management Meeting
2201 Marconi Road, Wall
Legal Services of NJ in Highlands
426 Route 36, Highlands
Wednesday – September 17
NJ Natural Gas Energy Assistance328 Broadway, Long Brach10AM-7PM
Catholic Charities in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands1-4PM
Thursday – September 18NJ Natural Gas Energy Assistance1 Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park9:30AM-5PM
Friday – September 19Operation Hope in Highlands426 Route 36, Highlands1PM-4PM
NJ Natural Gas Energy Assistance180 Highway 35 S (SCAN)10AM-6PM
The goal of the MCLTRG is to assist all residents in recovery from disasters by addressing and prioritizing unmet needs.
Welcome BackWelcome back to the Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group's bi-weekly Newsletter. Our hope is to share the most relevant and timely long-term recovery information, while answering important questions and showcasing community events. If you or someone you know is in need of Sandy related assistance visit MCLTRG.ORG or e-mail us. CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRINT VERSION
JCP&L Now Offering Elevated Platforms
This week Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) released a solution for those who are rebuilding and elevating post Sandy and need to get their utilities out of flood hazard zones. Residents can now build a deck or stairs so a utility worker can reach elevated electric meters. This structure would have to feature at least six stairs that are at least 36 inches wide. Previously JCP&L said electric meters must be installed five feet six inches above the ground but that would place it right in the middle of a flood zone should another disaster such as Sandy occur. JCP&L cited safety as the reason due to the fact that an electric meter can't be higher than 60 inches, or five feet, from a flat, horizontal, surface. http://hub.mcltrg.org/jcpl-elevated-platforms/
Apply for Winter Energy Bill Assistance
On October 1, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 heating season. LIHEAP and the state's Universal Service Fund (USF) provide benefits to supplement the cost of the utility bills for eligible limited-income households. Attend one of the upcoming Energy Assistance Days and learn how to better manage your energy bills and prepare yourself or a loved one for the winter season. To expedite the applications process, please remember to bring social security cards, proof of income (for all household members), deed or rental lease, recent natural gas or electric bills. For more information email [email protected] or call 800-221-0051
Bayshore Resource Center Releases September Schedule
The Bayshore Resource Center has released its September schedule with a variety of organizations and services available to residents throughout the month. On Wednesdays from 1-4PM, Catholic Charities will be on-hand to help connect residents with services. On Fridays from 1-4PM Operation HOPE will provide financial counseling, and Jewish Family and Childrens' Services will offer emotional and spiritual care from 2-4PM. On Monday, September 15, Legal Services of New Jersey will be available from 4-7PM and on Monday, September 29, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties will help residents apply for social services programs from 1-5PM.
Seer Farms Offers Pet Housing to Sandy Affected
Seer Farms is a New Jersey based 501c3 social services organization that provides animal care, resources, and support for pet-owning families in crisis such as those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. With many residents and families still displaced or in the process of getting their homes rebuilt or elevated Seer farms may be an option for circumstances where living situations don't lend themselves to including the furry members of the family. Generally pets are welcomed to stay for up to six months A donation of $50 per pet per month is encouraged, however they will work with whatever donation a family can do. Those in need can contact Seer Farms by emailing [email protected]. For more details visit:
Ocean County Thrift Store Open to Monmouth County Residents
Ocean County Hunger Relief, a network of nearly 30 food pantries throughout Ocean County, now operates a large thrift store which is open to the public. The store offers new and gently used clothing at prices far below sticker value. The thrift store has also received large amounts of new clothing from Aeropostale. The thrift store is located in Toms River and is open from 9AM-5PM Monday through Saturday. http://hub.mcltrg.org/ochf-thrift-store/
Red Cross Disaster Assistance App
The Red Cross offers several apps for Android and iPhone in both English and Spanish to help residents before, during and after a natural disaster. The free app offers various services, such as how to create a disaster plan, tools to connect with loved ones after a disaster, and storm tracking capabilities. Certain parts of the app can function even without access to a cellular network. http://hub.mcltrg.org/arc-hurricane-app/
Pilot Project to Study Storm Resiliency Benefits Underway
The Christie Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and environmental and academic partners, has launched an $8 million pilot project that will evaluate the effectiveness of a new process that uses clean dredge materials to restore salt marshes to make coastal communities more resilient against future storms. The project will also study the benefits of using this approach to create a much-needed option for disposal of materials dredged from waterways to keep them navigable. It will also create habitat for endangered wildlife. http://hub.mcltrg.org/storm-resilience-benefits/
FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Performing Intakes
The FoodBank is a community nonprofit whose mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. All services are provided free of any charge. ￼A trained FoodBank outreach worker can screen you for benefits and help you apply for ￼SNAP (Food Stamps), GA/TANF Cash Assistance, Utilities Assistance (USF, LIHEAP), Affordable Health Care or Medicaid, VITA (FREE 2013 Tax preparation) Call 732-904-9254 for more details on these intake days.
This Week's Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need a permit to repair or replace a fence that's already been approved by my municipality?
2. What has MCLTRG been up to?
3. I'm thinking about buying a used car. How can I know that I'm not buying a car damaged by Sandy?
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