Sandy’s Long Gone from Jersey Shore But Problems Getting Aid Remain

Tracey Samuelson | January 23, 2014 | Sandy
More than a year later, thousands are still on waiting lists for federal grants to rebuild, repair homes

Margaret Quinn of Toms River is among thousands on a waiting list for Sandy relief federal grants.
More than a year after Sandy struck the Jersey Shore, the Quinn family still can’t live on the first floor of their home, which sustained so much damage that they’re required to elevate it – at an estimated cost of $130,000.

They’re among thousands of people who are still on waiting lists for federal storm-aid grants — and the Quinns have no idea if, or when, the money they need will actually come through…or whether they will even be approved.

The state Department of Community Affairs says it hopes to finalize a plan for the state’s second wave of federal relief funds — some $1.4 billion — by the end of January. After a 30-day comment period, it will submit the plan to the federal government for approval. Only after that approval is given can it begin to disperse those funds.

Tracey Samuelson of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight, looks into the plight of Jersey Shore residents are still waiting and hoping for aid — 15 months after the storm.

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