Low-Income Renters Left Behind In Recovery

One Year After Sandy
Information Still not Available

Low-Income Renters Left Behind In RecoveryOn October 29, 2013, Sandy’s one-year anniversary, the Star Ledger ran an opinion piece, “Fair Housing for Renters, Low-Income Remains Lost after Sandy.”

Veronica Joice of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Economic Justice Group writes that while low-income and minority households, including many renters, were most affected by Sandy, they have also been the slowest to recover from the storm.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reported that 67% of New Jersey renters who applied for FEMA assistance after Sandy were low-income.

And although HUD encouraged states to use the Sandy recovery funding to assist public and multi family housing and its residents, it is not clear to advocacy groups such as the Fair Share Housing Center whether those most in need are getting assistance.

The state has not provided data about who has applied for and received aid and in some places, affordable housing is not being replaced.

Concludes Joice,

“Though recovery has been slow, one year after Hurricane Sandy we still have the opportunity to provide shelter for low-income, displaced residents without compromising federal fair housing obligations. New Jersey and New York must provide the public with the information necessary to assist in and improve that process.”

Click here for the entire opinion piece.