The reports indicate that with low-income households disproportionately impacted by the storm and in need of FEMA assistance, the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts must allocate resources to meet the needs of people who have limited resources to rebuild their lives.
The Enterprise report has detailed information on the ten most impacted zip codes in NJ.
“We’ve known that Sandy’s devastation has had a widespread impact. People have lost their homes and businesses that they’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears over. Despite the disaster they’ve faced, we have not yet heard much about restoring homes for low-income renters.
This report shows the devastation they have faced:
43% of those impacted by Sandy are renters and of that number,
67% make less than $30,000 a year.
New Jersey already had a shortage of affordable rental homes before the storm, what happens to those people now? We hope Governor Christie will take action to give low-income renters the same priority as homeowners, small businesses and shore tourism. Everyone deserves a fair shot at restoring their home and building for their future.”