$150,000 Grant for LES Sandy Recovery


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The American Red Cross has awarded a $150,000 grant to Cooper Square Committee to support long-term recovery services for people of the Lower East Side affected by Superstorm Sandy.


Cooper Square Committee will use the grant to provide housing assistance to storm-affected residents of high-rise cooperative communities by enrolling their buildings in public benefit programs and/or linking them with private contractors to perform structural repairs.


"The Cooper Square Committee is excited to receive a Red Cross grant, which will allow the organization to add new staff to assist residents of low income cooperatives on the Lower East Side impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and to help them weatherize their buildings so that they are more resilient in the event of future storms," said Steve Herrick, executive director. "We will also be outreaching to vulnerable populations, such as seniors and people with disabilities, to ensure they are well prepared for natural disasters, and informed about disaster relief and recovery services in our community."


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