ACF offers Maryland $1 million in aid for Hurricane Sandy relief

The ongoing recovery from Sandy received a helping hand today when the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) announced it will offer more than $1 million in aid to help the children and families of Maryland get access to the social services they need.

“We’re pleased to support Gov. O’Malley’s efforts to rebuild the communities in Maryland that were damaged by Sandy. Our focus is on improving the health of the communities, particularly families and children. It’s just as important to a vulnerable community to secure child care and mental health services as it is to repair a roof or rebuild a fence,” 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.