Two years later, too many of us still struggle with the impact of Superstorm Sandy and we still have questions about how storm recovery money is spent. It’s high time to stand together and get families home.
Tell Governor Christie it’s time to “Finish the Job” and get our families home!
- We can’t finish the job when we don’t have the money to do it, are sitting on a waitlist, or have been falsely rejected or are stuck in appeals. Get RREM grant money out the door now to families so that every eligible applicant – those in the program, on the waitlist and who have been falsely rejected – have half of their money within six months and the rest out by October 29th 2015 at the latest.
- We need a “roadmap through RREM.” The roadmap must list all documentation we need to provide and steps we need to take so that we can complete them and be cleared to move forward. We can’t finish the job when requirements keep changing or its not clear what it takes to move forward.
- We still need help because the job isn’t finished. As the SHRAP program ends, homeowners and tenants who are not home continue to need temporary assistance to pay rent, and taxes, and a mortgage, and sometimes storage. We need new funding to help us while we’re finishing the job.
The Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program is meant to help families raise, rebuild, and get home. But the program isn’t working for thousands of families and major questions remain about how Sandy recovery money is used. Of the 1.1 billion dollars in the program, only 219 million is actually out the door to families who need help.
Greetings from Sea Bright:
On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy upended my elderly parents’ lives; about 8 feet of filthy flood waters from the Shrewsbury River and Atlantic Ocean engulfed their home, and they have been displaced since then – with no end in sight.
My parents’ travail is not unique. They applied for the RREM grant the day the grant program opened on-line, May 25, 2012. It became a very onerous and burdensome and frustrating process – very quickly.
These two eighty year old people were forced to travel about 15 miles to the RREM Housing Recovery Center in the hinterlands of Freehold Township far from the sea. A trip that had to be repeated at least 10 times, a total of 300 miles, to resubmit lost documents and get the run-around from poorly trained HGI temp workers who promised to call back, which they seldom did, and they seldom provided any useful information.
My parents’ RREM application was lost for a long time. And they eventually found out through many, many calls to Commissioner Richard Constables’ office at the Dept. of Community Affairs in Trenton that they were on the waitlist. They found that out in November 2013. They filed two appeals, which were never responded to. After many more calls and trips to the DCA’s public meetings, they were informed that they were between 4000 and 4500 on the wait list, but were given no explanation as to why. After many more letters and calls, they were told that they were so low on the list because they had not provided a substantial damage letter, which would have showed that their home sustained more than 50% damage.
When they responded that they had the letter but the RREM program wouldn’t accept it, they were told that rules are rules by the DCA: they had been too late, and it didn’t matter that the RREM program was at fault. It didn’t matter that they had not been told by HGI’s temp workers that they needed the letter until after the application period ran. All the doors were closed now, they were told. It took help from our Congressman Pallone to get the DCA’s RREM program to accept the substantial damage letter in April 2014. After which their RREM rank came down quite a bit, between 2000 to 2500.
Months passed and my parents were told that they would be given a grant. They had a grant closing on 9/3/14, but they are still waiting for the total funds, and they have no idea when – or if they will get it. The RREM grant housing advisor told them to use their flood insurance money to begin raising the house (about $60,000). That’s almost gone. The house is on cribbing about 15 feet in the air, while hurricane season is at its peak for the Jersey Shore. There’s not enough money to finish the foundation without the grant money, and my parents do not know when that RREM funding they been promised will appear. If ever.
Their story is familiar to many. They have some hope. But we do not believe the grant process has been fair at all. But our hope is running out.
Wishing you all the best,
Thomas and Joan Largey, and their son Thomas J. Largey
Sea Bright, NJ
When looking for superb architectural design, Round Top TX has the crew you’re looking for! At Shroyco, you can count on excellent professionalism and top-notch home design.
A company who is professional and provides quality isn’t hard to find. Home design Round Top TX company Shroyco provides both!
Get quality remodeling – Round Top, TX company Shroyco strives to help you turn your home into your dream home!
Looking for a company to handle your remodeling – La Grange, TX has the professionals that get the job done right! Shroyco loves to create custom indoor and outdoor spaces that allow homeowners to thoroughly enjoy.
When searching for a company that handles design build – La Grange, TX company Shroyco specializes in new construction and restorations.
For Bastrop roofing, residents choose Spade Roofing. For fifteen years, Spade Roofing has provided high-quality roofing repair and replacement of metal and shingle roofs.
When it comes to metal roofing Austin residents trust Spade Roofing. With their free inspections and no-obligation quotes, Spade Roofing leads with complete honesty and transparency.
For the roof inspection Austin homeowners trust, call Spade Roofing. Fifteen years of experience has made Spade Roofing the local choice for roofing services in the Austin metro area.
Are you looking for top quality spray in bedliner, Round Rock TX? Line-X professionals have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the perfect solution for any project.
When looking for truck accessories, Round Rock company Line-X has you covered. From lifts and suspension leveling kits to bumpers and grille guards, to cargo and storage management, Line-X takes care of all of your needs.
At Line-X, retractable hard Tonneau covers are also available. With over 300 product lines with overnight delivery, you can find exactly what you need for most vehicle makes and models.
Get top quality spray on protective coating for trucks from Line-X. We have the most knowledgeable and trained professionals who will provide a successful application that is also backed by our lifetime guarantee.
When looking for top air quality, Austin TX, getting an air purifier can benefit your home in many ways. MLD makes comfort in the home a top priority.
When looking for indoor air quality testing, austin company MLD is ready to get the job done. Have the air quality tested in the home is a great start to more comfortable living.
In Austin, AC service is one of extreme importance. With temperatures reaching in the hundreds, keeping up on an AC unit can be a life saver. Austin residents recommend calling MLD for air conditioning needs.
In Georgetown, air conditioning is a must. With the Texas weather, you never know how hot it is going to get. MLD can take care of even your most tedious AC unit issues.
Needing services for an hvac Leander, TX? MLD can help your home stay comfortable in any season. MLD will make sure all of the HVACs mechanics are working in perfect order.
When searching Cedar Park air conditioning services, look no further than MLD. At MLD every homeowner is provided with top quality, fast, expert repairs.
MLD provides Pflugerville air conditioning service that compares to no other. MLD has 24-hour emergency services that come with affordable maintenance plans and expert technician, every time.