United Way took a leadership role in helping to organize long term recovery response to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in several ways. A fund raising effort was launched to help the region – New Jersey, New York and Connecticut and other states alone the eastern seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. United Way of Coastal Fairfield County was awarded funds to assist long term recovery efforts in Bridgeport, Fairfield and Norwalk, towns hit hard by the storm.
Working with FEMA advisors, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County gathered with other community partners to form a long term recovery committee to address the unmet needs of Bridgeport residents. Similar long term recovery groups were created for Fairfield and Norwalk. The goal for the long term recovery committee is to provide help so impacted residents can get back to a safe living situation. United Way Regional Hurricane Sandy Recovery funds were awarded when cases were brought forward for review demonstrating that other options for assistance were exhausted or not available.
The American Red Cross also awarded the Bridgeport Long Term Recovery Committee a grant of $250,000 to help with the cases coming before the committee. The GBLTR committee used available funds to address unmet needs such as roof and interior repairs, mold removal, appliance and furniture replacement and other needs identified through review with caseworkers. Thanks to the combined efforts of American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and United Way, close to 30 cases were reviewed and provided with assistance. The committee will continue to work until June 2015.