Project195 is proud to announce the opening of our second volunteer hostel in two years! “Little Moon” volunteer house, which serves two of the most severely Hurricane Sandy damaged towns in Bergen County. These two towns desperately need volunteers to help restore lives. Please be our guest when working in New Jersey. Little Moon Volunteer House like Joplin House, our hostel in Joplin, Missouri is a sustainable resource. All proceeds go directly to the work at hand, and is in operation strictly to benefit the towns of Little Ferry and Moonachie.

We offer to volunteers staying with us; private and semi private rooms(when available), Mens and Womens bathroom facilities, Mens and Womens only sleeping quarters, food is made available for you to prepare in our full kitchen! After your day’s work either with Project195 or any other non profit you might be working with in the area, you’re group is free to relax in the back yard, or hook in to the free wifi! Little Moon Volunteer House is smoke free, and alcohol free.

Due to our excellent location, you are always less than a few minutes from your particular work site. A few blocks from convenience stores, shopping and laundromat in case you forgot to pack a particular item. Donation amount is a mere 20 USD per night per person. Just enough to keep the lights on and whatever might be left over for food and tools. No one at Project195 takes a salary or is compensated in any way for the work we do.

Please use the Contact Us form or call 888-410-5122 to book your group stay with us.

If you’re unfamiliar about how the area was affected, please read below.

Thank you!

Project195

 

Little Ferry and Moonachie were the Bergen County towns hardest hit by superstorm Sandy, with more than half of their homes taking in at least one foot of water, data released Wednesday by federal housing authorities showed.

Hackensack and the greater Meadowlands region were also singled out as areas of concentrated damage. But the destruction in Little Ferry and Moonachie was particularly severe – on par, in terms of percentage of flooded homes, with the hardest-hit stretches of the shore.

And it was the poorest parts of the two towns, particularly families with children and elderly households, that saw the most damage, according to the report.

“Damaged neighborhoods in Little Ferry … have high rates of severe overcrowding and persons that do not speak English very well,” the report said. “Damaged neighborhoods in Moonachie seem to have very high rates of mobile homes, which may signal the need for greater recovery resources.”

Moonachie, population 2,700, and Little Ferry, population 10,600, have median household incomes of around $54,000, roughly $30,000 below the Bergen County average.

The HUD report came with an interactive map of damage estimates based on FEMA inspection data. Blocks of eastern Moonachie and Little Ferry stand out as a deep red splotch in northern New Jersey, meaning that 70-100 percent of houses there were flooded. The towns’ western areas saw 43 to 69 percent flooding.

Roughly 2,500 residents in Little Ferry and Moonachie have registered with FEMA, the map shows. While many experienced basement flooding, nearly 1,000 residents had one to four feet of flooding in their first floor.

 

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