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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Atlantic County, United Way and Catholic Charities To Aid Victims of September 11

The Atlantic County Human Services Advisory Council has collaborated with the United Way of Atlantic County and Catholic Charities to assist any county resident who has been impacted by the catastrophe of September 11, County Executive Dennis Levinson said Friday.

The N.J. Department of Human Services has made available funding to pay for any necessary services any individual or family may need. Because very few residents of Atlantic County have been primary victims of the incident, the emphasis has been on in-direct victims or individuals who have lost their job as a result of the ripple effects of Sept. 11, been activated in the military reserves or have been adversely affected by the catastrophe in other ways.

Assistance in Atlantic County will be to fund services only. Direct cash benefits are not permissible under the state's regulations. Examples of funded services are mental health, physical health, transportation, food and child care. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

"I strongly encourage any county resident impacted by 9/11 to take advantage of this opportunity. Maintaining the quality of life is of paramount importance to anyone who has been impacted by this disaster," Levinson said.

United Way has agreed to market this initiative in the county while Catholic Charities will be responsible for the case management and assessment of all prospective residents. For additional information, please call Catholic Social Services at 609-345-3448.

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