Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance is reminding Morris County families impacted by Hurricane Irene that it will move its operation from the Disaster Recovery Center in Parsippany back to its offices at 340 West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township on Thursday, Sept. 15.

OTA staff members have been at the Parsippany location at 33 Baldwin Road since the DRC was established last week assisting county residents with their needs, including processing applications for one-time food assistance through the disaster-related Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, said Gary Denamen, OTA director.

This onetime food benefit is available to eligible residents who experienced extreme material losses during Hurricane Irene or subsequent flooding.

OTA will continue to process those applications through Friday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at its Morris Township office, said Denamen.

Individuals and families currently not receiving SNAP benefits and whose storm-related expenses include damages beyond the loss of food due to power outages may be eligible.

Individuals and families in disaster-declared areas and who are already enrolled with SNAP will automatically receive a onetime supplemental benefit based upon a federal determination of areas that lost power for over four consecutive hours, and do not need to call or visit the OTA office.

The D-SNAP application process eases requirements around documents necessary to apply and weighs disaster-related costs with available liquid resources when considering eligibility, Denamen said. Benefits are electronically applied to a card similar to a debit/credit card for the purchase of certain food items.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance at 973-326-7240.