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 »

Few Ida victims received long-term rental aid from FEMA

Few Ida victims received long-term rental aid from FEMA | NJ Spotlight News | November 30, 2022 BY: BRIANA VANNOZZI, ANCHOR Thousands were entitled to an additional 18 months of rental aid More than a year after Tropical Storm Ida flooded communities across New Jersey, thousands of families are still working through the recovery process. 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 »

NJ Spotlight News: November 15, 2022

NJ Spotlight News: November 15, 2022| NJ Spotlight News We bring you what’s relevant and important in New Jersey news, along with our insight. Watch as the NJ Spotlight News team breaks down today’s top stories. New Terminal A at Newark airport ready for takeoff The new terminal will open to the public for air Read More »

Ten Years After Sandy, Survivors Say: No More Sequels

Previous Next 2022 marks a decade since Superstorm Sandy made landfall on the east coast, plunging our New Jersey communities into a long, exhausting, and still incomplete recovery process. As part of a national coalition of storm survivors and organizations from New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Puerto Rico, we gathered on the tenth anniversary Read More »

10 Years After The Storm: Locals Talk About Hurricane Sandy.

On October 28, 2012, the day before Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the area, crews in Point Pleasant Beach were putting sandbags along the boardwalk storefronts and making oversized sand dunes along the beach in hopes both would hold back potential flooding. Later that night as they worked to finish up the dune walls, large 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 »

Will your flood insurance get more expensive?

This year, FEMA changed how it calculates risk “to provide more equity,” and is now incorporating more risk variables based on individual properties. These changes — known as Risk Rating 2.0—officially began for existing policyholders on April 1, 2022 and new policyholders this past October.  (Don’t get us wrong, we’re down with more equity, but Read More »