LITTLE FERRY - Residents still trying to move back into their Sandy-damaged homes are learning that financial assistance is now available to help replace furniture and appliances damaged by the storm.

Kris Meyer says she is grateful to volunteers from "Rebuilding Together," who provided the renovation of her home at no cost. But Meyer will still need furniture before she can call it home.

Gov. Chris Christie has allocated $57 million for "living expenses vouchers." The money is designed to help families fill in the gaps and get their lives back to normal. It will help them make rent and mortgage payments, as well as buy new appliances and furniture.

"We need to give them this money to help them bridge this period of time," Christie says. "No one should be losing their home because of this. No one should feel like they can't go back to a home that's been rebuilt because they don't have the appliances, the beds, the necessities a family needs."

Sandy victims can also use the living expense vouchers for utility bills.