Two Atlantic City organizations are among the first to receive grants from the Superstorm Sandy relief fund headed up by New Jersey's first lady.
The Atlantic City Long-Term Recovery Groups will receive half a million dollars from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to help 300 people return to their homes damaged by the storm.
Emergency shelter Atlantic City Rescue Mission will get $50,000 to help house and feed 370 people displaced by Sandy.
The organizations are among 19 awarded a total of $4.2 million by the fund chaired by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie.
The largest single grant will be going to the community of Union Beach, N.J. Officials there will use $1.5 million to rebuild 11 homes. In that community, 85-percent of the homes sustained storm damage.
Other money will be used to buy groceries for homebound elderly residents of Toms River, N.J. and rental and mortgage assistance for low-income people in Ocean County, N.J.
The grants bring the total from the group chaired by the wife of Governor Chris Christie to $11 million.
More than 130 applications were submitted to the fund for grants.
The fund is also planning a national dining out event on June 19 for restaurants to donate a portion of their revenue.