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March 8, 2013

A little more than a quarter of a million residents have filed damage claims with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) due to superstorm Sandy, and almost half -- 114,443 -- reported incomes of less than $30,000, according to a report by Enterprise Community Partners.

Of the 254,496 people who have applied for FEMA assistance, 57 percent are property owners and 43 percent are renters. Of the owners, 51 percent have incomes of more than $90,000. Of the renters, 38 percent have incomes below $30,000.

The report shows that the vast majority of those applying for assistance are white (82 percent of owners, 56 percent of renters).

As of February 14, FEMA had verified damage for only 84,157 of those who have registered and 1,422 received the maximum grant award of $31,400.

The report also identifies the top 10 most-impacted zip codes, and cites the income and damage distribution of each one.

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