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Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration this week announced the continued availability of its Ramp Rebuild, Replacement and Installation Program, funded by a $2.89 million federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). The program provides modular ramps for individuals with disabilities, whose primary homes were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  Administered through the New Jersey Department of Human Services' (DHS) Division of Disability Services (DDS), the program began accepting applications in October 2013 and funds are still available to provide modular ramps for New Jersey storm survivors.
“As we move forward in the storm recovery process, many homeowners are now getting to the point where exterior repairs are complete and they may be ready for a modular ramp installation,” said Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez. “Many families may also have found that certain losses from storm damage may not be covered by insurance, including destruction to accessibility ramps.”
Thirteen modular ramps have been completed for eligible families, with more than $83,000 expended from the fund.  These ramps are movable and 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.  These custom built ramps are made from metal, wood or fiberglass. Installation can take a few days, or a week, depending on the project specifications.
"The ability to get into or out of a residence safely is a vital concern for people with disabilities," said Joseph Amoroso, Director of DDS.  “For individuals with disabilities and their families, these ramps may be a critical factor in determining when they can safely move back home.”
To be eligible, applicants must provide proof of loss, or need, and present a medical certification confirming the presence of a disability that requires a ramp. DDS then dispatches an evaluator to determine whether a ramp can safely be built. Ramp designs are drafted and offered to the recipient for consideration. DDS then sends the schematic out to a list of qualified vendors, selected through RFP, to bid on the construction of the project.
Individuals interested in applying for the Ramp Rebuild, Replacement and Installation Program can call DDS at 1-888-285-3036. Ramps will be built for eligible applicants until the funding is exhausted.
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