Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) held a public hearing on Wednesday at the Shark River Firehouse in Neptune to discuss remaining issues faced by victims of Superstorm Sandy. In attendance were over 30 Sandy-affected homeowners, representatives from Congressman Chris Smith’s office, members of the New Jersey Organizing Project, and representatives from New Jersey Natural Gas.
“We heard from residents expressing a number of problems that they are still facing to complete their construction and elevation projects,” said Beck. “We have about 3,200 individuals trying to move onward and return to completed homes. It is imperative that we be accessible to these individuals and attempt to remove any remaining roadblocks to recovery out of their way.”
According to the Department of Community Affairs, approximately 4,800 homes have been completed in their housing program, the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program. At this time they estimate $1.5 million is being disbursed per week to assist with construction for Sandy homeowners. The Low-to-Moderate Income Homeowners Rebuilding (LMI) Program has reported that 64 of its 314 applicants have completed construction or elevation projects.
“I again urge the Senate to move forward with my Sandy Homeowner’s Protection Act legislation,” Beck added. “I continue to hear from constituents that they have not been adequately protected from predatory contractors, we must move forward to provide protections for Sandy homeowners.”