Portlight Receives Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Grant
We are proud to announce that Portlight has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund! This fund is overseen by New Jersey governor Chris Christie's wife, Mary Pat, who made the formal announcement Thursday morning:
"We are very excited today to announce 15 more grants to aid in the recovery effort in New Jersey. These grants focus on housing assistance, reconstruction, mold remediation, and important financial and legal counseling services, among others," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Chair of the Fund. "It's an honor to partner with these wonderful organizations that are on the ground providing services for Sandy victims. This support is only made possible by the generosity of tens of thousands of individual and corporate donors who answered the call to help total strangers in need. We'll have additional grant awards soon and look forward to continuing to be an ongoing resource over the long term for New Jersey's recovery effort."
Much is changing in the shore communities of New Jersey. New flood elevation advisories have prompted changes to local building codes, and some of these changes will present challenges to those with disabilities, especially where they are being informed their homes must be raised in order to maintain or acquire new flood insurance at an affordable premium.
"Those with disabilities have been historically underserved in times of disaster, and could be permanently forced out of their homes without proper access, particularly if homes are raised based on new building guidelines. For those who are forced out, finding accessible, affordable housing can be an even greater challenge," said Paul Timmons, Chair of Portlight Strategies, Inc. "This funding is an enormous gift which will help construct wheelchair ramps, vertical lifts and replace medical equipment so those with disabilities can remain independent and stay in their homes."
(Read the full press release here.)
We are eager to embark on this project and will be providing more details soon on specific ways you can help. We welcome all those who wish to volunteer over the coming months to help with building and installation projects. Just think – you can take a week (or more) at the beach AND do good, all at the same time!
We thank each and every one of you for your unwavering support of our efforts. Together, we've come so far, experienced such explosive growth, and we look forward to continuing on this journey with you!
Portlight Strategies, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the specific needs of unserved, under-served and forgotten people.