Three-and-a-half years after Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Jersey residents are still not back in their homes.A state official says 76 percent of the grant money in the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation Program has been distributed to homeowners.
Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles Richman says of 7,800 households in the RREM program, more than 3,000 have completed construction.
“We have seen an exponential increase in the number of families that are finishing rebuilding and moved back in their homes, a thousand just in the last five months.”
Beach Haven West resident Sandi Mackay finally got back in her rebuilt and elevated home in January. She’s frustrated it’s taking so long for others.
“They’re running out of money. They’re running out of resources. They’ve gone into their retirement funds, they’ve exhausted that, college funds. Then you put on top of it the changing regulations.”
Commissioner Richman says it could be another year-and-a-half for all RREM program participants to finish rebuilding.
He says he’s focused on helping homeowners get through the program so they can move on with their lives.