New Jersey will receive $1.82 billion as a first installment in Hurricane Sandy Aid. This funding is part of the $51 billion emergency aid package that will help the millions of victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast.
The allocations below represent 34 percent of the $16 billion in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funding included in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. The first allocation is distributed as follows:
The funding coming to the region will be mainly through the CDBG program. In FY2012, the entire amount of CDBG for NJ was $77,708,633.
“Next to individual assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which are much smaller in size, these block grants are the most direct form of aid for people and businesses hurt by a natural disaster.”
As Monarch Housing has previously reported, Congress approved the final aid package last week but that approval was preceded by “a heated and prolonged battle.”
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, “said in an interview that the allocation, which usually takes up to 60 days, was the fastest in history.”
“It is critical for HUD to make this funding available as quickly as possible so families can begin rebuilding and repairing their homes and small businesses can get back on their feet,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who also chairs the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force established by President Obama in December. “We continue to focus on providing funding and other resources to those in the most immediate need, while laying the groundwork for the region to rebuild in ways that make communities stronger, more economically sustainable and more resilient.”
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was vocal among the elected officials that criticized fellow Republicans for “impeding an emergency response that, in past disasters like Hurricane Katrina, had much faster federal action.”
WNYC had an audio interview with Secretary Donovan.
These allocations will be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks along with criteria for their use. Following the State’s submission of an action plan describing how funds will be used, HUD will conduct an expedited review to enable funds to be accessed as quickly as possible. HUD has worked closely with state and local partners throughout this process to facilitate action plans being approved as soon as possible.