Robin Hood provides Sandy relief funds

Super Storm Sandy relief funds are being made available through the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

A request for funding from Robin Hood, made available as a result of the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, resulted in an award of $125,000 to aid storm victims.

Requests for funds are being taken by the Milford Department of Human Services, 150 Gulf Street, 203-783-3253.

On average, $500 to $2,000 will be available per household. To qualify, owners of their principal residence, with incomes within 250% of the poverty guidelines ($27,925 for an individual, $57,025 for a family of four) are eligible. Funds can be used to cover living expenses or costs related to obtaining permits for flood mitigation projects.

Reimbursements cannot be made for funds already expended.

“We are grateful to Robin Hood for their generous support,” said Mayor Ben Blake. “The local community has been very generous with contributions for Sandy relief and these funds are a welcome addition to that effort.”

Donations are still being accepted by United Way of Milford for Sandy Relief and are tax deductible. United Way has received $320,000 to date, including a $25,000 allocation of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant funds from the Community Development Department.

“The support has been tremendous but the needs of storm victims are severe and long-term,” said Gary Johnson, director of the United Way of Milford. “This is a long-term recovery effort, not a quick fix.”

Milford has created a Long-Term Recovery Task Force that has been managing the distribution of funds and coordination with local agencies and the state and federal governments.

Robin Hood is a New York City based nonprofit organization which has, to date, given more than $70 million for Sandy relief to nearly 400 groups in the tri-state area. This included 100% of the funds raised at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief held at Madison Square Garden last December.

“The residents of Milford suffered greatly as a result of Hurricane Sandy,” said Sunny Longbons, program officer for Robin Hood. “United Way of Milford, in partnership with the City of Milford, came together quickly to establish a well-organized relief program, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Recovery is far from over for many homeowners.

“It’s been over six months and many households are only in the planning stages of recovery,” said Bill Richards, Milford recovery coordinator. “These funds will help the lowest income families to keep their housing costs covered and prepare for when the federal assistance arrives.”

Federal relief funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is anticipated later this spring. Funds are expected to be made available through the Connecticut Department of Housing.