Connecticut and Rhode Island families receive $11 million in aid for Sandy recovery

The children and families of Connecticut and Rhode Island received help today when the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) announced it will offer more than $11 million in aid to help those who are recovering from the damage caused by Sandy last fall.

“We’re proud to work with Gov. Malloy and Gov. Chafee to help restore the areas that suffered damage from Sandy. Rebuilding a community takes more than just repairing buildings. These funds will provide services including child care, health care, and services for persons with disabilities with the intent to improve the well-being of the families and children of Connecticut and Rhode Island,” said George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary of ACF.

The funds will go toward services directly related to the disaster and can include child care, child welfare services, special services for persons with disabilities, case management services, mental health services, and other services for disaster-affected populations.  In addition, the funds may support the costs of renovating, repairing, or rebuilding health care, child care, or other social services facilities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

The funds are allocated based on a formula that identifies each state’s share of Individual Assistance registrants as reported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

ACF deployed an unprecedented amount of resources and personnel in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with a particular focus on the needs of children and their families. ACF provided Head Start and child care experts on the ground almost immediately after the storm to assess and respond to the needs of programs serving young children.

Read the Rebuilding through Recovery blog and learn more about Hurricane Sandy Social Service Block Grant funds.