Volunteers Still Needed!
A group of 21 volunteers led by Butler UMC’s Jack Inglis gathered on Dec. 18 in Jersey City to help Christ Church, which had been devastated by Ida. Together, they were able to complete the work they needed to do!
But more volunteers, both untrained and ERT-certified, are going to be needed as AFWH progresses through this process through renewal. Gathering volunteers has been difficult as 70 other declarations of disaster have been made in the United States.
Early Response Team members have an opportunity to be a caring Christian presence to a hurting community. As New Jersey cleans up after Hurricane Ida, we want to connect with as many trained and non-trained ERT folks as possible. Please take a moment to complete the survey below. This information will help GNJ identify how it can support the needs of impacted communities.
- Material Donations | This is a donations platform jointly administered by VOAD and the State of New Jersey. If churches have in-kind or material donations that they don’t know what to do with, they can be offered here. It serves as a “virtual warehouse” of donations. Click here to find out more
- Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline is 800-985-5990. This is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Community Development Block Grant
The State of New Jersey has been awarded $228 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist with the recovery from Hurricane Ida. The funds will create housing recovery and mitigation programs to help individuals and communities.
To access these federal recovery funds, the State must develop an Action Plan for how it will use these funds and submit it to HUD for approval. Developing the Action Plan and recovery programs will take several months to complete.
The State will also dedicate funding from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) towards housing mitigation efforts. The State will prepare an application to FEMA on behalf of specific properties to request funds to elevate them.
As we begin this process, we are looking for feedback from homeowners and renters whom Ida impacted.
If you are interested in hearing more about the recovery programs, please complete a short survey to provide information on your assistance needs. The survey is not an application but is currently required if you want to apply for future recovery programs.
Waiting List for the State Rental Assistance for Elderly, Families, Disabled, Homeless
Mustard Seed Migration Grant program
Every day, thousands of people flee their homes in search of a better life for their families. Global Ministries and UMCOR are committed to providing support for refugees and migrants around the world. This work fulfills the biblical mandate to “love thy neighbor” and “welcome the stranger.”
United Methodist congregations across the U.S. are invited to propose new and creative projects that fill specific needs or gaps for refugees and migrants. The Mustard Seed Migration Grant program will award $2,000 to up to 50 local United Methodist churches in the United States to engage in a new, one-time community-based service project focused on refugees and migration.