'reNew Jersey Stronger' Housing Recovery Center open in Cape May County

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Residents impacted by Sandy encouraged to apply for grants

Eligible homeowners, whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by Hurricacne Sandy, were encouraged to apply for two grants to help them resettle in their homes, elevate or rebuild their residences when they met with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable III Monday, June 17 at the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Recovery Center in North Cape May.

The housing recovery center serving Cape May County is located at 3860 Bayshore Rd., Suite 5, North Cape May. To apply, see www.renewjerseystronger.org, call 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946), or visit one of the housing recovery centers that are now open in each of the nine counties most impacted by the storm.

“Trained housing counselors at the housing recovery center in North Cape May and the eight additional locations in the state are available to help residents navigate the grant application process and provide support as they continue to recovery from Superstorm Sandy,” Constable said. “While we strongly encourage residents to continue to apply online and through our call center, I’m pleased that we are able to now provide in-person assistance for those individuals who need it.”  

Commissioner Constable was joined by Cape May City Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. and Sen. Jeff Van Drew.

The ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Recovery Centers opened June 8. Sandy-impacted homeowners do not need to come to the Housing Recovery Centers if they previously applied to the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ grant programs online or over the phone. In the next few weeks, applicants will be contacted directly about the status of their application and any necessary steps that they must take.

There are two grant programs. The first is the Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program. This $600 million program provides eligible homeowners up to $150,000 grants to help repair, elevate or rebuild their primary residences.

The second is the Homeowner Resettlement Program. This $180 million program is aimed at encouraging eligible homeowners to remain in the nine counties that were most seriously affected by the storm by providing $10,000 grants to encourage them to resettle in their existing primary home or resettle in the same county.

Funding for the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’sCommunity Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program. To date, HUD has approved $1,829,520,000 in CDBG Disaster Recovery funds for New Jersey. The ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ housing initiative will utilize $780 million of the allocation.

Eligible homeowners should submit an application on or before June 30. Applications that are received on or before this date will be processed electronically and subsequently prioritized focusing on factors such as degree of damage, income levels and communities that suffered the greatest impact from Superstorm Sandy.

Residents can apply after June 30, but applications received after this date will be processed on a first-received, first-processed basis. Notwithstanding, priority will continue to be given to those homes with the most damage and to homeowners who are most in financial need.

Locations of the eight additional Housing Recovery Centers are as follows:

·         ATLANTIC: 500 Scarborough Drive, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township

·         BERGEN: 140 E. Ridgewood Ave., 1st Floor, South Tower, Paramus

·         ESSEX: 153 Halsey Street, 2nd Floor, Newark

·         HUDSON: 438 Summit Ave., Jersey City

·         MIDDLESEX: 1 Metroplex Dr., Edison

·         MONMOUTH: 3 Paragon Way, Suite 150, Freehold Township

·         OCEAN: 750 Vassar Ave., Suite 1, Lakewood Township

·         UNION: 150 Morris Ave., Suite 101, Springfield

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