BRICK - Close to $15,000 in homeowner and renter assistance funds are still available to people trying to rebuild from Sandy.

State officials say they already handed out more than $1 million to help families with rent, mortgage, utilities and appliance costs.

The funds are part of a $57 million federal Social Services Block Grant.

"Families are torn between paying rent and mortgages because they lost their primary residence but they can’t live in their primary residence for various reasons, so they are trying to pay both." says Ted Gooding, president and CEO of O.C.E.A.N. Inc. "This program will assist those folks with their primary homes pay their mortgages or their rent, depending on which they like. And we will send a check directly to the vendor."

O.C.E.A.N. Inc. is an agency contracted to distribute Sandy Housing and Renter Assistance funds.

In the past month, 400 individuals and families were approved for the grant.