Hoboken gives update on power in housing projects

HOBOKEN – The Hoboken Housing Authority gave this update on Tuesday afternoon regarding the 21 federally subsidized low-income public housing buildings on the western side of Hoboken. There are a little over 1,300 such units in Hoboken, most in the southwestern part of town. Some are for the seniors and disabled.
The update follows:

As of 11/6/12 almost all units at the Hoboken Housing Authority are powered up. Many units still do not have heat but crews are working tirelessly to get the heat back on in the buildings.
Due to Hurricane Sandy, the Housing Authority has experienced serious loss and destruction. Each of the buildings suffered significant wind and water damage, in many cases damaging the buildings’ generator and electrical panel. A minimum of $1 million in losses is expected, including 15 generators, valued at $10,000 each. The administration building lost 10 work stations and staff are now collecting rent manually at 221 Jackson St. and 220 Adams St. Late fees are waived until November 12, 2012.
“We have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy are so grateful for the help we have received during this incredibly difficult time,” said Executive Director Carmelo Garcia. The housing authority has received donations and assistance from FEMA, PSE&G, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken, Hoboken Office of Emergency Management, Hoboken Grace Church, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Charrito’s Restaurant and The Church of Jesus Christ. This afternoon, the housing authority is expecting another shipment of hot meals to be delivered to residents from the Salvation army.
Maintenance crews are working around the clock to restore all buildings to normal. “It is going to be a rough road but with resolve and resilience we will get there,” said Garcia. “We will continue to provide safe and sanitary housing to our residents.”
Donations can be made at 221 Jackson St. or checks can be made out to the Hoboken Housing Authority, a 501c3 Corporation, for the relief efforts.

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