The recent hurricane has impacted many lives, and the response from the Jewish community has been overwhelming. From food and clothing drives to offers from people to host displaced families for weeks on end. Many families lost everything and there was little hope in sight.
After the storm, families were struggling to get back to everyday life. No electricity for several weeks made it impossible to start rebuilding. Now that power has been restored, many families are struggling with insurance companies or were underinsured.
After being displaced from his own home for several weeks and experiencing the devastation firsthand, Yaakov Charlap from Charlex Properties realized that a practical solution to get people back into their homes as soon as possible must be developed. Rebuilding is overwhelming and extremely costly, and it could take months.
With winter approaching and pipes in danger of freezing, Charlap has launched a program to assist individuals to rebuild at minimal cost as quickly as possible. Through the generosity of several management companies, they are offering their own contractors to help people rebuild their homes whereby the property owner pays only for actual materials used and labor costs.
Contractors are equipped to replace basic sheetrock, flooring, tiling, light plumbing, electric, and painting (nothing fancy). The program will be open to the entire Five Towns and Rockaway communities for as long as it takes to get the community back into their homes. With Chanukah just around the corner, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Yaakov Charlap can be reached at 718-380-1100, 917-453-6421 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be sent to Charlex Relief, 78-26 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, NY 11366. 100% of funds will be used to purchase building materials and supplies for those in need.