Governor Christie announced Today an extension of the RREM & Resettlement Program to August 1, 2013.

Applying for the RREM Program is easy.  You can apply:
  • On line at egrants.renewjerseystronger.org; if you need help while filling out the online application you can get assistance from our call center 1-855-SANDYHM (726-3946).
  • By phone: If you would prefer you can call our Call Center 1-855-SANDYHM (726-3946) and a representative will fill in an online application for you.
  • In Person: Sandy Housing Assistance Centers are open in each of the nine (9) most impacted Counties [Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex. Monmouth, Ocean, Union]. You can go to the Center to submit an application or get information about the program.


To be eligible to receive RREM assistance applicants must meet the following eligibility factors:

  • The damaged residence must be located in one of nine (9) most impacted Counties [Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex. Monmouth, Ocean, Union].
  • At the time of the storm (October 29, 2012), the damaged residence must have been owned and occupied by the applicant as the applicant’s primary residence.
  • The applicant must have registered for FEMA assistance.
  • The residence must have sustained damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy with a FEMA Full Verified Loss (FVL) of at least $8,000 or had more than one foot of water on the first floor.
  • Homeowner must have a household adjusted gross annual income of less than $250,000.
Types of Eligible Housing

Yes:  Single family homes and owner-occupied units in multi-unit buildings.

Yes: Owners of condominium and cooperative properties.

No: Second and vacation homes, recreational vehicles (RV) and trailers.


  1. You mean with all the people they put in the “maybe” bucket for lack of funds, they’re leaving this open longer to disappoint more New Jerseyans?!


    • I actually took it as a positive sign that they have more money to disperse and not enough applicants. But I’m a half full kinda person.


  2. Everyone I’ve talked to about the RREM said that they were told they qualified but the program ran out of money and they’re pended if any more money comes. I wish I had your confidence, Rockem! It does you credit:)


    • They said would roll out in stages and low income would be first round perhaps they are preparing for second round. Doesn’t make sense to open up to more applicants if ran out of funds? Stay positive hopefully that is the case.


  3. I’m trying to be optimistic, but I had a long conversation with someone who called to verify that I owned my house. Yep, I do. Yep, that’s the deed you have there, with the previous owners who sold it to me. See, that’s THEIR name, and there’s MY name. That means it’s mine now, and they sold it to me.

    Then I get denied because the people they hired don’t know how to read a deed document. So now I get to appeal, with the same paperwork that they had in front of them before. Yeah, I’m holding my breath.

    I swear, they go above and beyond to make this difficult.

    (Not that I actually expect to qualify, being in the category that they consider “rich.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.)


    • How long between the time you gave them your information did they come back to tell you that? That’s crazy!


    • I think it was about a week. Then I got two letters of denial (RREM and Resettlement) via UPS.

      I was totally psyched to get the call, because I figured that might mean I’m at least sort of in the running. And he read the previous owners’ names to me, so it was definitely the right document.

      There’s no way to appeal online, either, so I get to send papers off to Newark (a PO box, even!) via snail mail.


    • I actually meant “The person” but my I Phone tends to change my words when I type fast. Sorry Principal Bill and thanks for the spelling lesson I didn’t need.


    • not very nice bill.People are having a rough time as it is. They don’t have to be corrected for small errors,we all make them.


    • I thought for sure I wouldn’t qualify either given my DINK status but figured I gotta be in it to win it. I got an email that I am “preliminarily approved” and it sounded like all I would have to do is go sign the pledge not to leave Monmouth County.

      Fingers crossed you get this straightened out and get your money ASAP.


  4. I had to go to the office in Freehold a few weeks ago. I had to show the woman how to get to the application page.


  5. How do you run out of money before the program date for filling is over. If I say i will give the most needy $150,000 and don’t wait until the deadline is past some thing is wrong. Someone called an said someone was on my deed but then said don’t worry about it. It sounds like they knew who they were giving the money too before hand.


    • Sounds like you had the same deed error that I did. I don’t think the bar to entry for hiring the people working the phone lines is very high. (Can you breathe? Speak? HIRED!)

      And they may not have run out of money, per se, but they have to delegate a good portion of it to a certain income range (and from what I’ve heard, they’re short on those applications).

      So they may have run out of money for anyone who falls above their income range.

      My appeal is not looking very likely to result in money, even if I am successful in explaining the difference between GRANTEE and GRANTOR.


  6. An article in today’s APP says less than 1 in 3 will see any grant money from these programs. 60% of one and 70% of the other are earmarked for “low to moderate income households.” I think their definition is a tad bit higher than Robin Hood’s, but still, I have yet to read of anyone who got approved and made it through a meeting still approved.

    If our local government hasn’t screwed us enough, it seems the state and Feds are more than happy to jump in and continue the job.


  7. what is “low to moderate income households. It would be nice to know? How many people with a very low income own a house! How do you run out of money before the closing deadline? You would think they would have to wait until the closing deadline to see how many people are low or moderate income. The low to moderate income people must own the boardwalks because that seems where all the money is going!


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