United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has awarded $35,000 in grants to assist Norwalk homeowners and renters with unmet Hurricane Sandy recovery needs who are served by North Walke Housing Corp. Funding for the grant comes from the generosity of those who gave through United Way of Coastal Fairfield County's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
North Walke Housing Corp., a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, will utilize the funds to assist households with critical home repairs and associated mitigation, appliance and furniture replacement and tree trimming and removal due to damages caused by the hurricane.
"This grant is in keeping with the generous work of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County in its continuing effort to assist Norwalk families affected by Sandy's devastation," said Norwalk mayor Richard Moccia. "I am grateful for the ongoing support of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the many local businesses and residents who have so kindly contributed."
"We are glad to be able to support the needs of those affected by the damaging effects of the storm," said Cathy DeCesare, chief strategic officer for United Way. "We are committed to helping families in need become stable, and this terrible storm has created a need that we want to help address."
People seeking support should contact North Walke at 203-854-7274, email@example.com, in person at 125 East Ave., room 202; or by viewing the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund website at norwalkct.org/hurricanesandyrelief. The relief fund is available thanks to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County's grant and a previously awarded grant from the Robin Hood Foundation.
The programs represent a critical piece of the efforts being coordinated by the Greater Norwalk Long Term Recovery Committee, chaired by the city's deputy director of emergency management, Michele DeLuca, and which has representation by many organizations supporting recovery efforts, including United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and the Fairfield County Community Foundation. The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are supporting the city's recovery efforts through the provision of disaster case management and financial assistance to individuals and/or nonprofit organizations.