State Admits ‘oopsy’ with Sandy Grant Relief

moneyHighlands property owners who were denied Sandy relief money are getting a potential second chance at some financial help.

The announcement came one day after a report documented that many NJ homeowners hit hard by the storm were wrongly told they would get no aid.

Public advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center says more than 3,000 applicants were told they were not eligible for one reason or another.

The RREM Grant offers up to $150,000 to rebuild and elevate homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy.


  1. I received this notice from DCA which includes allocation of a significant amount of funding including RREM grants but also for community block grants. You can attend or e-mail public comments. If you cannot attend please e-mail comments to support funding for Highlands. We sorely need it !!!!! Please there are power in numbers.

    New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
    Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
    Action Plan Substantial Amendments #6 and #7
    Pursuant to Federal Register Notice FR-5696-N-06

    Please take notice that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will hold three public hearings to solicit public comments on the State’s plan for the allocation and expenditure of $1,463,000,000 in CDBG-DR funds, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to New Jersey pursuant to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 113-2). The State will also accept public comment on a proposal to provide rental assistance in the form of tenant-based vouchers for Sandy-impacted households. State cabinet officials and staff will provide an overview of proposed allocations and priorities. Public comments will begin immediately after the presentation. To ensure maximum convenience for residents, hearings will be held in New Jersey’s northern, central and southern regions pursuant to the following schedule:

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (4:00pm – 7:00pm)
    Richard Stockton College of New Jersey – Performing Arts Center (PAC)
    101 Vera King Farris Drive
    Galloway, NJ 08205

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 (5:30pm – 8:30 pm)
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Campus Center
    141 Summit Street
    Newark, NJ 07103

    Thursday, February 13, 2014 (4:00pm – 7:00 pm)
    Brookdale Community College
    Robert J. Collins Arena and Recreation & Events Center
    765 Newman Springs Road
    Middletown, NJ 07738

    Those interested in speaking at the public hearings will be given up to three minutes. To sign up to speak, please register online All hearing dates, times and locations are subject to change due to inclement weather conditions. Information regarding any change in the hearing schedule will be posted at the above mentioned website at least two hours before the scheduled start time of the hearing. Those who need accessibility accommodations are advised to contact the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs at , or call 609-292-3750 to ensure full availability of services.

    Residents may also submit their comments in writing at the public hearing, or by email to or by mail to the attention of Gabrielle Gallagher, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, P.O. Box 800, Trenton, NJ 08625-0811. For more information about New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts or to download a copy of the State’s Action Plan and related amendments, visit or request a copy at the above mentioned address.


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