Worry about Renter Households and That Funding Won’t Reach the Poor
A February 7, 2013 article on Philly.com points to concerns that CDM, the company that Governor Chris Christie has chosen to distribute the federal Sandy aid, was fired from a similar job in Texas.
To devise a plan to distribute billions in federal money for Sandy relief, the Christie administration hired a company fired for poor management under a similar contract in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
It was announced this week that New Jersey will receive $1.82 billion as the first installment of aid and most of this funding will come through the Community Development and Block Grant (CDBG) program.
“Walsh advocates for the housing needs of low-income New Jerseyans, and he said that although CDBGs are intended to benefit poor people, Christie failed to mention them Wednesday.”
According to the Governor, more than 40,000 New Jersey families were displaced from Sandy. But according to Walsh, many of these families are renters. These households may not be eligible for the assistance to homeowners that the Governor discussed when the federal aid was announced earlier this week.
“Walsh also worries that Christie and CDM can request waivers from the federal government to fund unrelated projects. CDBGs are known to be favorites of public officials because they are flexible and can be used for just about anything, from houses for poor people to fire trucks.”