Monarch Joins Advocates in Urging More Sandy Aid for Renters
A March 20, 2013 NorthJersey.com article, “NJ Advocacy Groups Push for More Sandy Aid for Renters” reported on the 70 groups that urged the Governor to dedicate more the first phase of Sandy aid funding in its plan to the federal government to low-income and disabled households.
Monarch Housing Associates was one of the groups to sign on to the letter.
The spending blueprint still needs approval from the federal government. The state accepted public feedback on the plan through Tuesday evening. The groups, which include housing advocates, as well as civil rights and religious organizations, asked that the plan be revised before it is sent to federal officials. A Christie spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Under Christie’s plan, the largest portion of the Sandy aid, $825 million, would go to owners of primary homes. It would assist 26,000 primary homeowners and 5,000 renters. But, according to the groups, it is based on damage reports made to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Many of the homeowners who filed reports with FEMA have all of their damage covered by insurance and don’t necessarily need additional aid, the groups contend in a letter. Meanwhile, a study by Enterprise Community Partners found that 43 percent of the state’s households registering for FEMA aid as a result of Sandy were renters, and about 80 percent of those earning less than $30,000 were renters, who are more likely to be poor and minorities.