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Sandy Grants Wrongly Rejected

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The New Jersey Legislative Oversight Committee examined failed Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grants and found that up to 80% of applicants for homeowner resettlement grants were falsely denied. Now this has become a $64,000 question and the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ President Staci Berger chimed in to discuss what this means for those people still in need of Sandy recovery money.

“The state has an obligation to make sure that everybody who’s in this process is treated fairly and respectfully. And they really ought to have found that information themselves. We suspect that they knew that but they opted to not share it,” Berger sates.

More questions have also come to light surrounding the three year contract with administrative service powerhouse HGI that the Christie administration signed to help pay out Sandy aid. They recently broke that contract, paying out $9 million and never publicly commented on it. Even committee members wanted to know why the Christie administration hasn’t answered any questions regarding the end of this partnership. Senator Loretta Weinberg has voiced her concern about why standardized steps were not taken.

“Why are simple rules and regulations concerning, applying and following up on Sandy aid applications were not posted by the state online,” Weinberg asked.

You see, the state government was using FEMA numbers to base their answers on. The only problem is that those numbers have been discovered to be incorrect. Some critics are now saying that’s something the government knew all along and still continued with it anyway.

In fact, 80% may also be an incorrect indication of falsely denied applicants because it is only based on the number of people who did appeal. There are thousands of people who didn’t know how to go through the process and there may be many more people who are still eligible and didn’t know that they could appeal.


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