For the second time this year, The Fuller Center for Housing’s efforts to help the people of Atlantic City, N.J., recover from SuperStorm Sandy have been bolstered by a grant from The Robin Hood Foundation.
The grant to the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders and Fuller Center for Housing in the New Jersey Pines will help fund construction projects over the next six months — including the 2013 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Atlantic City April 28-May 3 — and will help improve volunteer housing, allowing The Fuller Center to house up to 200 volunteers at a time.
“The Robin Hood Foundation has been very generous to The Fuller Center,” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “This latest grant will allow us to expand our work. The more money we have, the more houses we can work on. There are families there who don’t have sufficient resources to complete their home repairs even with the FEMA aid and some insurance. This will allow us to supplement that and get more families back into their homes.”
The Fuller Center in the New Jersey Pines — the host covenant partner for the 2013 Legacy Build — already has had a steady stream of volunteers coming in to repair homes and will have teams coming in throughout the year. Snell said adequate volunteer housing is critical to continuing the repair work.
“We’ll be able to accommodate more volunteers on the work site and get more work done,” he said. “And it makes the Legacy Build that much better. We’re truly grateful to the folks who have made themselves such an important part of our build.”
In January, the Robin Hood Foundation issued a $400,000 grant to support The Fuller Center’s work in Atlantic City. The Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has made more than $62 million in grants to 400 organizations since Sandy devastated the region in late October — more than 93 percent of the total relief fund.