Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ Has Dispersed 25 Percent of Sandy Aid

New Jersey officials say they dispersed just 25 percent of the state’s first large allocation of federal Superstorm Sandy aid in the first 11 months.

Sandy damage
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

That is a finding of a quarterly state report released last week on the dozens of programs funded through a $1.8 billion community development block grant awarded last year. Of that sum, $1.3 billion was committed by the end of March and $416 million had been handed out.

Unlike other federal disaster relief, the state gets to decide how to use this fund. Much of it is allocated to rebuild and repair homes damaged by the October 2012 storm.

Under the biggest and most complicated housing program, the state said 2,000 of the 5,400 homeowners given preliminary awards had signed contracts to start receiving funds.

In a separate report issued Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that minority households in areas hard hit by the storm applied under the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation at a lower rate than white families, and that was a cause for concern. The main contractor that handled applications for that program was dismissed earlier this year over what state officials called “performance issues.”

But the federal government also noted “significant progress” by the state in handling its grant money.

HUD is now reviewing New Jersey’s plans for a second block grant allocation, this one for $1.46 billion.


(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.