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Modular Ramp Program Introduced for Sandy-Impacted Residences

The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (DDS) has announced funding is available to replace, repair or build modular ramps for individuals who require one at their Hurricane Sandy-impacted primary residences.

Applications will be considered in three categories: ramps damaged during the storm that need to be repaired or replaced; a ramp is needed in a home or apartment because an individual with a disability has relocated, even temporarily, as a result of the storm; or an existing ramp is no longer useful a home has to be elevated to comply with new building codes.

Applicants must reside in New Jersey and have a permanent disability that requires a ramp and a physician’s certification of disability and need is required. Individuals must show proof of loss as a result of damage from Superstorm Sandy and must be able to demonstrate all other sources of payment are unavailable or exhausted. DDD is a payer of last resort.

Ramps installed will be modular ramps with no permanent footings, making them easy to install, remove and relocate as necessary. Design options are customized for each home and the needs of each application. They may be made of wood, aluminum, steel or fiberglass.

For more information or for an application, contact the Division of Disability Services at 1-888-285-3036 or at 609-631-2450.

Funding for the project is made available through a $2.89 million Social Services Block Grant.