Center That Aids Rockaways Residents Reopens
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The New York City Human Resources Administration Department of Social Services Center, which helps Rockaways residents with food stamps, temporary housing and cash assistance, is back open.
After the storm hit, the facility was under five feet of water.
Forty HRA staff members worked around the clock to get things back up and running.
"It was extremely important that we open our doors and provide services to those who are in need," said Gary Jenkins, the assistant deputy commissioner of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. "We understand that the Rockaways was hit hard and as a public service agency, we wanted to make sure that we were here to give them those services."
"Even though I did have some loss myself, I feel like listening to the stories that there was a whole lot more going on out there, and I'm just glad I could come in and service the Rockaway community," said Denise Jackson, a supervisor of the Rockaways SNAP program.
The center helps more than 30,000 people in the Rockaways.