After more than 18 months in which Super Storm Sandy pounded coastal areas and devastated the Jersey shore and around New York City, there has been slow and steady recovery. The storm destroyed thousands of homes and caused billions of dollars in damage, and it exposed particular vulnerabilities in affordable housing.
It displaced individuals and families from their storm-damaged homes throughout the region. An already-tight rental market became scarce because of the sheer number of storm survivors looking to rent affordable and low-income housing.
Countless families are still doubling up with relatives or friends, living in short-term rentals, or temporary housing provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). And, the storm had a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable in society, some of whom were already at-risk of homelessness or had marginal housing and dealing with disabling conditions and life challenges. Here are a few housing assistance programs in New Jersey and New York that aim to help storm survivors.
New Jersey. In New Jersey, Super Storm Sandy destroyed 360,000 homes and apartments. The Administration for Children and Families allocated nearly $227 million in supplemental funding to NJ’s Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program, which has supported a range of supportive housing assistance services. Here are a few highlights:
New York. In New York, more than 200,000 households in four main areas were affected by the storm including Nassau, Queens, Kings and Suffolk counties. New York has primarily relied on disaster relief funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to provide housing assistance services to storm survivors. ACF allocated approximately $235 million in supplemental funding to the NY’s Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program, which has supported a range of housing-related assistance services. Here are a few highlights: