Catholic Charities activates long term recovery plan to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Assistance Available for residents of
Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Catholic Charities’ Disaster Response Program is here to help!
Governor Christie's administration announced that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton will serve as the managing agency for the statewide delivery of Disaster Case Management services, funded by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A grant of $8.7 million will be used to coordinate disaster case management among the five Catholic Charities in New Jersey. Disaster case management differs from other individual disaster assistance programs at federal and state levels. It is available to anyone who has been impacted by Sandy, regardless of the amount of funds or assistance that may have already been received, and regardless of prior enrollment with FEMA. The case managers will help survivors to develop a recovery plan, find resources, and provide one-on-one advice to help find solutions to unmet needs. Direct financial assistance under this grant is not available, but case managers will make referrals to other sources within Catholic Charities or other organizations. The grant runs from April 1, 2013 to October 30, 2014.
If you or someone you know can benefit from disaster case management, please call 877-510-6762 for more information about this program.
Hurricane Sandy Scam Alert
For those impacted by Hurricane Sandy or another natural disaster, please take note of this scam alert:
Over the past few months, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) has received inquiries and complaints from persons targeted by a fraudulent grants scheme. Let me state clearly and unequivocally, the COFAR is not a grant making organization. The COFAR will never request banking information, social security numbers, or other personally identifiable information to facilitate the issuance of a “grant.”
According to reports, the scam artist claims to represent the COFAR when contacting the individual. Victims are told they have been selected to receive a government grant ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. In order to receive the grant money, the representative explains a "processing fee" ranging between $150 and $700 must be paid and asks individuals for bank account information.
If you have received reports from anyone who may have been a victim of a government grant scam, please ask them to file a complaint with the FTC online, or call toll-free,1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Thank you for your attention to this matter.