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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Carlos Avila: "Are you a Hurricane Irene Victim who Still Needs Help?"

Funds Still Available for Displaced South Trenton Hurricane Victims

Trenton, NJ.  The South Trenton Hurricane Rescue group composed of several civic organizations and local businesses still has funds available to assist South Trenton families displaced by Hurricane Irene.

Three security-deposit grants have already been given to displaced families such as the Florez whose Ferry Street home collapsed amid the winds and floods of the vicious Atlantic hurricane.
“We are thankful to the many Trentonians who stepped-up in one way or another to aid South Trenton”, said community organizer and South Trenton resident Carlos Avila. “Thanks to our collective efforts the most vulnerable families are getting back on their feet to a normal life”
According to the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the group’s fiscal agent, the closing period to accept assistance applications will be November 30.  “If there are any other families who have yet to apply should contact us immediately”, said LALDEF Executive Director Maria Juega.  

Families who want to apply for assistance should call the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund at 1-877-452-5333 or visit them any Wednesday from 4-7pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 331 Hamilton Ave. inTrentonNo appointment is necessary. 
Families who have not been entirely dislocated but still need hurricane-related assistance should still contact LALDEF.

The aiding partners in this effort include:
Trenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., First Baptist Church of Trenton, the International Charismatic Mission Church, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, One Simple Wish, The Rescue Mission, South Trenton Area Residents’ Society and
Trenton Social Restaurant.


You can find more information on the group’s Facebook page at

South Trenton Irene Assistance Fund”.





Criteria To Receive Assistance
1). Funds would be donated to families left homeless and forced to relocate to a new home as a direct result of Irene and who lived in the South Trenton area of Ferry Street.  This means that families who were temporarily relocated, but eventually return to their home, would not be eligible.
2). Funds would be disbursed for security deposit and rent assistance only.  Applicants need to show a lease or rent receipt or other proof of residence in their former location, and a lease for the new home.  Assistance depends on available funding
3). Disbursement would be made by check to the new landlord. Family income should not exceed 2 times the federal poverty guidelines for Mercer County.  Paychecks, tax returns or employer letter need to be provided.
4). The head of household should be the applicant. One application per household.


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