Money from Sandy relief concert being put to work

By David B. Caruso

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 31 2012 11:25 a.m. MST

Saltzman said that in the weeks ahead, he anticipated that the foundation would focus on housing — still a critical concern in neighborhoods where many houses are still uninhabitable, or lack power and heat.

"We need to make sure nobody is freezing this winter in New Jersey, or New York or Connecticut," he said.

That effort has included making a $1 million grant to the Affordable Housing Alliance, in Monmouth County, N.J., which is using the money to buy and install manufactured homes for people displaced by the storm. Legal aid groups have also gotten donations to help storm victims maximize FEMA benefits and deal with banks and insurers.

Robin Hood has also made a $2 million grant to a program, administered by the Fund for the City of New York, that will make interest-free loans to nonprofit groups that suffered losses in the storm.

"Not one single penny will be diverted to anything other than helping people who were hurt by this storm," Saltzman said.

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