Thursday, January 10, 2013
FEMA currently estimates 2,790 households remain in either hotels or motels throughout the state following Hurricane Sandy.
Thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy remain temporarily housed in hotels and motels throughout the state, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Thursday, but the number continues to decline as families find permanent housing solutions. FEMA held a conference call late Thursday morning to announce an extension of its Transitional Sheltering Assistance as well as to provide an update of the agency’s goal to move Sandy victims away from transitional housing into more long-term temporary solutions. Currently, 2,790 households throughout New Jersey are still living in hotels and motels, FEMA Individual Assistance Branch Director Christy Grant said, though that number is expected to decline significantly by this weekend. …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
No word yet on where these families originally hail from.
This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. Thursday and includes information from the Department of Community Affairs received after the original story posted. Displaced by Sandy, some families will be celebrating Christmas this year in a new, temporary home at Fort Monmouth. According to Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon, Friday will be move-in day at Fort Monmouth for between 42 and 45 families. Mahon said the borough was notified Wednesday that the families would begin arriving Friday and that Oceanport is asked to provide fire response. "FEMA will not tell us if any local families are included in this temporary housing," he said in an email Thursday. The long term temporary housing is located in the lodge area of the fort in Oceanport and in …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Robin Hood Relief Fund hands out grant to Affordable Housing Alliance
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Affordable Housing Alliance has announced it is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help purchase, transport and install 17 affordable new manufactured homes for rental or sales to Monmouth County residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy, and to provide assistance to those displaced residents who cannot afford the security deposit on a new rental property. The Eatontown-based Affordable Housing Alliance is a non-profit agency providing housing and services to support those in need of affordable housing. “This is the largest gift in our agency’s twenty-plus year history and it could not have arrived at a better time,” Affordable Housing Alliance CEO Donna M. Blaze, said in a release. “The …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A parking lot at Six Flags in Jackson is serving as a staging area for mobile homes.
In an unused parking lot under the long morning shadow of a 130-foot tall steel roller coast, 40 outwardly identical mobile homes, each sitting on their own trailer, are ready for deployment. As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Temporary Housing Assistance program, mobile homes have been delivered from Cumberland, Md. and are currently being staged at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson. As early as next week and assuredly before Christmas, officials said, the mobile homes will be dispatched to parts of Monmouth and Ocean Counties where they’ll house residents who have lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy. And more are on the way. “Most the houses here are for home owners who are currently rebuilding their …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Though a recent state report paints a bleak picture, FEMA officials say the housing situation for residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy isn't as severe.
The numbers are dramatic. In theory. According to a report from the state's Disaster Housing Task Force, a looming housing shortfall exists for thousands of residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Potentially, of course. What the data collected in the report — comprised of current Hurricane Sandy data and data culled from historical disasters — doesn't factor in, however, is experience, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. And though furture housing does remain an unknown for many residents, especially in Sandy-ravaged areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties, FEMA has yet to experience the presaged crush. "We have not noticed big difficulties in (meeting) housing requirements," Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel said…