Less than 200 Ida survivors in NJ got continued rental assistance from FEMA

Yeah, you heard that right.  A decade ago, over 10,000 Sandy survivors whose homes were damaged received temporary continued rental assistance from FEMA under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). That’s 18 months of assistance on top of the first one-time housing aid payment they got right after the storm. But with Ida, that seems Read More »

WIN for Ida families: $149 million more in recovery funds!

New Jersey’s Ida survivors are receiving an additional $149 million in federal funding for our community’s recovery! This increase in the total amount of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds (CDBG-DR) set aside for the state’s Ida recovery brings us up to $377 million for survivors to get home and whole.  This is a Read More »

Coming Together One Year After Hurricane Ida

One year after Hurricane Ida made landfall in New Jersey, we brought together Ida survivors from across the state who are still struggling to rebuild and return home. We first gathered in Manville at the still-damaged home of our member Yaritza, and came together in fellowship and community, calling out the broken disaster recovery system Read More »

Storm Survivors Unite & Take Trenton By Storm

On the first day of hurricane season, Congressman. Andy Kim and Congressman Tom Malinowski joined us, storm impacted families, from across the state to fix the broken disaster recovery system and be better prepared for future storms. The day’s focus was on what we call “the storm after the storm”: the long-lasting financial, emotional, and Read More »

Good News and Bad News for Ida Recovery

Ida survivors identified key next steps coming out of our Community Meetings – and one key next step was getting grant funds moving to help families.  As part of that, the New Jersey Organizing Project1 organized meetings with both Congressman Malinowski and Congressman Gottheimer and Ida survivors to discuss the impacts of Ida, mitigation issues, and how to Read More »

HUD announces federal funding for Hurricane Ida recovery – but it’s not nearly enough to get us all home and whole

On March 22, 2022—six months after Hurricane Ida blew through New Jersey—the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finally announced the allocation of funds for New Jersey’s Ida recovery. These Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds (CDBG-DR) will go towards helping Ida survivors and communities who were affected by Ida rebuild and recover. Read More »

The kinds of storm recovery aid

The kinds of storm recovery aid Ver en español » join our action list We all connect with FEMA  Whether or not you have insurance – FEMA is a key starting place for storm survivors.  They can help with temporary housing and additional grants, particularly to cover gaps where there wasn’t insurance.  See the FEMA Read More »

Jersey City: We don’t have hot water, so what’d we do?

Jersey City: We don’t have hot water, so what’d we do? By James Rosenstein-Hopkins, NJOP Board member Ver en español » James and Staci Berger from HCDNNJ in Union City When Ida hit, the basement of my apartment building flooded and the water heaters of my building were ruined. For almost two weeks to date, Read More »

Tips from Flood Survivors for Flood Survivors

Document everything and look for helpful documents: We know, you just walked into a gut punch of a wreck that was/is your home or business.  You want to find the baby pictures – grandmother’s wedding ring.  Maybe you just go into mode and start cleaning to help you cope.  But here’s the disaster survivor’s version Read More »