Over four days and three nights we withstood torrential rain and cold nights because we knew it was critical that we take control of the story about where we are three years after Sandy. The Sandy 3 year anniversary belongs to us, and it was urgent that the whole country know thousands are still not home.
We took the fight to the steps of the statehouse and didn't back down. We called the Governor and administration out on inflated recovery numbers. And Governor Christie had to retreat to Bergen County where he focused on business recovery not a “success” press conference with homeowners.
We succeeded in spreading the story through over 600 news articles that thousands still need help to get home afford to stay there.
Finally the support and encouragement our coalition received from not only our community members but also the people of Trenton was remarkable.
SPECIAL THANKS TO :
“Although Gov. Chris Christie was lauded for his active presence across the state in Sandy’s aftermath, residents who are still displaced say his administration hasn’t done enough to get them home.Amanda Devecka-Rinear, director of the New Jersey Organizing Project, said the state should be doing more to help Sandy victims who are facing foreclosure and protect them from predatory contractors. ‘We didn’t want to let this week come and go and just be a victory lap
for the governor,” she said.’” - read more -Wall Street JournalThree Years Since Sandy, Still Not Back Home 10/29/15
Joe Mangino, who just recently got back into his home in the Beach Haven West section of Stafford Township, recalled traveling to Iowa to confront Christie at a campaign event in March, disrupting his speech with complaints about the pace of Sandy recovery. A guy yelled "Shut up and go home!" Mangino recalled. "I said, 'Don't you get it?That's why I'm here: I have no home.'" - read more -
Amanda Devecka-Rinear with New Jersey Organizing Project -- the group of Sandy victims camped out this week near the State House -- sees things from an even more local, on-the-ground perspective.“After a big disaster, I think there’s a sense that people need to be served, and they do. But actually, people also need to be active participants in determining the future of their neighborhood and communities, and that’s a different thing,” she said.“We went down to New Orleans for the 10-year anniversary of Katrina. We took seven Sandy survivors. And there was this speech this pastor gave, where he said,‘You have to be involved in policy, cause if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.’” - read more -
“The latest RREM statistics say construction is complete on about 2,000 of the 8,000 homes in the program, meaning 6,000 remain under construction -- or that construction hasn't begun.Nancy Wirtz is still out of her house in the Forked River Beach section of Lacey Township. Her tag on the memorial wall said, "lost home, lost belongings, lost security, lost peace, lost safety, lost hope, lost children feeling safe. She got a $14,000 insurance settlement for a destroyed home last assessed at $140,000. Then she lost half of her $150,000 state grant to raise the house when a contractor took a $75,000 down payment, tore down the house, then disappeared. That was 13 months ago."Nothing's changed. Nothing's happened since,"
she said while bundled up against the cold.” - read more -
3 Years 3 Voices Wayne Parry, Associated Press 10/29/15
6 Ways to avoid the next Sandy
Sweeney: Now isn’t the time for Christie to take ‘victory lap’ on Sandy recovery
Erin O’Neill, NJAdvance Media
Three years after Sandy towns recall the fury of storm, Kim Lueddeke, Bergen Record 10/29/15
Three years after Sandy, many homeowners displaced by storm remain in limbo
NJ Spotlight, 10/28/15
Sweeney: NJ did a ‘piss-poor’ job with Sandy recovery
Asbury Park Press
3 years after Sandy callers say recovery is complex and frustrating
Three years after Hurricane Sandy, these families are still homeless.Posted by Chasing News on Wednesday, October 28, 2015