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County Prepares 'One Stop Shop' for Sandy Recovery Questions

Eleven federal, county and non-profit service organizations will provide a free half-day program for Bergen County residents affected by Sandy

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and the Bergen County Bar Association announced Wednesday they will co-sponsor a half-day program on Friday, Dec. 14 for county residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Representatives from federal and county organizations will be on hand to field questions about post-hurricane initiatives and programs. Members of local volunteer organizations and legal associations will also be available to offer advice and guidance about how to recover after the storm.

All Bergen County residents are welcome to attend and are encouraged to seek help at the event in order to solve any problems they may still be experiencing after last month’s hurricane.

“Bergen County is very thankful for the participation of a wide range of groups for this program," Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan said. "This event will serve as ‘one-stop shopping’ for information on ways to get the help needed to recover from Superstorm Sandy.”

The following organizations will be in attendance to offer assistance to county residents:

  • Bergen County Bar Association: Offering legal advice about hardships and damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Providing resources for temporary employment to those displaced due to the hurricane or currently unemployed residents, to be funded by a $1.5 million Department of Labor grant.
  • Small Business Association (SBA): Providing information about loan programs for damaged commercial properties.
  • Bergen County Board of Social Services: Information about county programs and services, including their eligibility requirements and application process.
  • United Way of Bergen County: Offering replacement options for household appliances and furniture.
  • Center for Food Action: Providing emergency food to families and individuals in need living in Northern New Jersey.
  • Bergen County Community Action Program (BC CAP): Information about affordable home repair services and rental assistance.
  • Volunteer Center of Bergen County: Information about volunteer opportunities around Bergen County and VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), a group of over fifty non-profit, civic and faith-based organizations that work together to help people during times of disaster.
  • Rebuilding Together Bergen County: Providing information about free home repair for low-income residents of Moonachie and Little Ferry residents who need assistance recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
  • Bergen County One-Stop Career Center: Providing information about state and local employment programs.
  • Bergen County Office of Consumer Affairs: Will help consumers detect and avoid scammers and predatory businesses looking to profit off of storm victims.

The event will take place on the first floor of Bergen County’s Administration Building on Friday, Dec. 14, from 10 am to 1 pm.

The Bergen County Administration Building is located at One Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack.

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