Damaged homes in seaside town, Mantoloking, NJ. Photo: Adam DuBrowa/FEMA

ACF sends $462 million to New York and New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) took another step to help the children and families of New Jersey and New York who were affected by Sandy by announcing today that it will offer more than $462 million to aid in the area’s recovery, particularly by improving access to social services.

“We’re pleased that these funds will provide the social services the people of New Jersey and New York need to recover from the damage inflicted by Sandy.  We hope that these resources, combined with the leadership and efforts of Gov. Christie and Gov. Cuomo, will help promote the well-being of families and children within these vital communities,” 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.