On June 18, 2014, First Lady Mary Pat Christie visited Union Beach for a Rebuilding Union Beach event. The day marked the completion of the project’s first two modular homes. Mrs. Christie, Union Beach residents, and volunteers welcomed the Shane and Hoffman families, who had lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy, to their new homes. While volunteers planted flowers outside the residences, Mrs. Christie took tours of both modular homes, visited with Union Beach families, and presented the Shane and Hoffman families with welcome mats to commemorate the day.
Rebuilding Union Beach is a two million dollar grant project co-funded by the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund and the Robin Hood Relief Fund. The goal of the project is to design, purchase, and install eco-friendly, storm resistant modular homes for thirteen to fifteen Union Beach families who lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy. “Today really highlights why we formed the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund,” said Mrs. Christie. “Connecting New Jerseyans with non-profit resources that can help them rebuild.” Union Beach hopes to complete twelve move-in ready homes by the end of the summer.