Home Depot Grants Available to M’town Residents Hit by Sandy

March 1, 2013
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MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Middletown Bayshore residents affected by Super Storm Sandy with rebuilding, will distribute $200,000 of Home Depot grants.

The grants will assist in the rebuilding process for the most severely affected residents of North Middletown, Port Monmouth, Belford and Leonardo.

Qualifying residents may apply for grants up to $1,000. Grant amounts may vary based on number of qualified applications.

To qualify for this round of funding, the following criteria must be met:

• Must be a resident of the affected areas of North Middletown, Port Monmouth, Belford, or Leonardo.

• Must have sustained damage of at least $50,000 to your structure, excluding contents.

• Home must be primary residence; rental or investment properties are ineligible.

• Must provide determination letter from Middletown Township stating substantial damage and mandatory compliance under the regulations of NFIP. If applicant does not have flood insurance coverage, a licensed contractor estimate of repairs of $50,000 or more will be required.

Applications will be accepted starting Friday, March 1. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applications can be downloaded from the fund’s website at www.middletownrelief.com Completed applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by March 31 and sent to: Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 4068, Middletown, NJ 07748.

Any questions or inquiries can be made by emailing middletownrelief@gmail.com. Appli­cants should direct all inquiries to the email address or website and not to Middletown township or the mayor’s office.

“To date, the fund has distributed over $100,000 of assistance to affected residents of North Middletown, Port Monmouth, Belford, and Leonardo. It is our hope that the Home Depot grant provided by the fund will help our most severely affected residents as they now begin the rebuilding process,” Middle­town Disaster Relief Fund MDRF Chairman Tony Fiore said. “While every affected home has different needs, the board believes Home Depot provides the necessary versatility to fill a variety of needs such as building supplies, appliances, and other goods necessary to help fill the gap in the rebuilding process. Home Depot has also been a great community partner by supplying residents of our Bayshore with necessary supplies in the days that followed the storm.”

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