More than $30,000 of money donated to a township-run charity fund in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will finally be put to good use, officials said.
The fund, run by the township, was started in the days following Sandy. In all, $31,203 was collected, Mayor John Ducey said. But the funding had never been disbursed due to state regulations on charitable funds that were collected after the Oct. 29, 2012 storm.
“The state put all these restrictions on where the money could go, and it dragged out this long,” Ducey said.
After complying with state regulations on the funding, the township council voted Tuesday night to provide the funds to Northern Ocean County Habitat for Humanity, with the condition that all of the money must be used to assist Brick residents still recovering from the storm.
“We took a look at some different programs, and Habitat for Humanity has what’s known as the Bringing Families Home program,” explained Ducey.
Bringing Families Home, according to Habitat for Humanity, is a Sandy-focused program that helps storm victims return to their homes.
“There are so many people that are still out of their houses,” said Ducey, praising the Habitat program.
Township Administrator Joanne Bergin said storm victims can meet with Habitat for Humanity representatives at certain office hours in the township’s land use department. For more information, Habitat can be reached at 732-228-7962.