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Hundreds To Receive Grants From Hoboken Sandy Relief Fund

Fund To Expand To Help Victims Of Future Disasters
Flooding at the Hoboken train station. (credit: Julie Parise/CBSNewYork.com)

Flooding at the Hoboken train station. (credit: Julie Parise/CBSNewYork.com)

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Superstorm Sandy

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Help is on the way for superstorm Sandy-affected Hoboken residents whose losses were not covered by insurance or FEMA.

In the aftermath of Sandy, the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund was set up to help individuals and businesses. In the months since the storm, more than a million dollars has been raised.

“We try to take care of each other,” Mayor Dawn Zimmer told WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman. “That spirit is what I think makes Hoboken so very special.”

The storm left much of the city underwater and flooded many homes and businesses.

Of the 500 individuals and businesses that have applied for grants, almost every one will get a check for around $2,000. The checks will be mailed out this week, Zimmer said.

“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” she told Silverman.

The mayor also announced that the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund is staying around to help residents of future disasters.

“When I’m on site and there’s a fire and I’m talking to the fire victims and, sadly, maybe they don’t have insurance, you want to be able to help them, you want to be able to give them something in that moment,” Zimmer said. “Figure out, ok, in those moments, how much would you want to give that person right then and there so that they have something to be able to take care of themselves in that moment right when the crisis happens.”

Zimmer said the fund will be a trusted place to donate and residents will know that the money is going to help members of their own community in need.

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