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Funding made available through Social Services Block Grant
Trenton – The Christie Administration today announced the availability of funds for the repair, replacement or installation of modular accessibility ramps for individuals with disabilities whose primary homes were impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The monies are being made available through a $2.89 million federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS). “At this point in the recovery process, many homeowners with storm damage have discovered that certain losses were not covered by flood or house insurance, including destruction to accessibility ramps,” said Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez. “For individuals with disabilities and their families, these ramps are critical factors in whether they can move back home – even if all other repairs have been made.”
Modular ramps – which are movable – can cost several thousands of dollars depending on the configuration. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that they be 36 inches wide, have a load carrying capacity of 100 pounds per square foot and incline at a ratio of no more than one inch per foot.
“The great thing about modular ramps is their portability. Families that have been displaced can install it at their temporary housing and take it with them when they move home,” Commissioner Velez said. “Homeowners that have to raise their house in flood zones will be able to change the ramp configuration with new sections or components.”
DHS has issued a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) and Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified vendors. In order to be eligible for consideration, responders must be duly registered to conduct business within the State of New Jersey, demonstrate the ability to comply with the terms and conditions of the department’s contracting rules and regulations.
The selected vendor is expected to begin ramp projects in October 2013. Homeowners interested in applying for the ramp installation, repair or replacement work can call DHS’ Division of Disability Services at 1-888-285-3036.
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