Red Cross grant of $257,000 will help Milford victims of Storm Sandy

The American Red Cross has awarded a grant of $257,000 to support long term storm recovery efforts in Milford.

The grant to United Way of Milford will help the Milford Long Term Recovery Group work with populations that have needs that other funding resources have not been able to address, according to a Red Cross press release.

Those needs include utility, rental and mortgage assistance; insurance costs; planning and construction costs; replacement of appliances and furniture, and storage costs.

“More than a year after Sandy people continue to deal with issues created by the storm,” said Mario Bruno, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO. “The Red Cross, with the support of generous donors, continues to work with affected families, communities and partner organizations to help people find and access the resources they need to continue their path to recovery.”

Milford Mayor Ben Blake expressed his appreciation for the support of American Red Cross, saying that “this grant will provide additional assistance and relief to those residents still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Milford is extremely pleased to accept this grant and we are grateful to American Red Cross for helping our hardest-hit shoreline families.”

Residents who would like further information on the grant and other assistance may call 203-301-9905 to speak with a disaster case manager.

The Red Cross has received $311 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of Feb. 28, the Red Cross has spent or committed $291 million — nearly 93 percent of the donated funds.