COMMUNITY POWER:

Spring of 2019 – Over 150 residents came together to take action for Sandy Recovery and our future at the shore in Ventnor, Brick, and Middletown. Thanks to all who attended and to the New Jersey Resource Project, SBP, Affordable Housing Alliance and all the organizations who contributed.  

Our Stories – Angel’s Contractor Fraud

Angel and Fe applied for the RREM grant program in order to rehabilitate and mitigate their home which was substantially damaged after Sandy. They were accepted in June 2013, and began the long process.  When Angel signed a contract with the builder he chose, he remembers a big red flag went up when he went…

Our Stories – Sandy Foreclosure Protections

We support this current bill: A5096/S3582:  Extends mortgage protections to Sandy families who might otherwise face foreclosure or who cannot afford to get home.  We passed this law in 2014, but unfortunately, the mortgage forbearance expires this June and many families are still struggling.  We hope to pass this bill as soon as possible and…

Getting Back on Track to a Real Recovery

BY AMANDA DEVECKA-RINEAR Every one of you who took action this year should pat yourself on the back for the progress we made – from extending ICC funding for three more years, to a commitment from Governor Murphy for $50 million dollars available to families still struggling, and a freeze on clawbacks.  I am so…

Adventures in Sandyland:  Some clawback progress & ICC extension

BY AMANDA DEVECKA-RINEAR At just a little over halfway through 2018 we’ve made some progress.  First, as you may remember, back in May we won an extension of ICC funding so you have three more years to use up to $30,000 of your own insurance money to mitigate.  Yay! Read “Sandy victims get 3 more years to…

Clawbacks, Contractor Fraud and Foreclosures:  Winning Together in 2018

BY AMANDA DEVECKA-RINEAR We’re not known for giving up – and that’s because we don’t. On his last day of office, Governor Christie pocket vetoed the clawback legislation we’ve been working on together on since October 2016.  That guy.  The gift that keeps on giving.  Anyway, great news!  The Senate reintroduced the clawback legislation this…

Fighting RREM Clawbacks

By LISA STEVENS As we approach the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, I wish that I could say that our communities are fully recovered, but we aren’t. Instead, there are countless problems faced by Sandy survivors across the Jersey Shore because of the RREM Program. Families are still not home and even survivors who have…

GETTING YOUR FORECLOSURE FORBEARANCE OR STAY

We know you’re tired of paperwork and fighting. But when we fight, we win. First, let’s remember how we got here. We fought for YEARS to push the Governor to sign the Foreclosure Bill.  And then the Governor vetoed the bill. Here’s a photo of families who camped out across the street from the statehouse…

STILL SANDY. STILL FIGHTING

We were founded in October 2014 by Sandy survivors fighting to get home.  Our actions and efforts have made a real impact.  Yet, we’re still fighting to make sure everyone is home and can afford to stay, while new problems have emerged. When Sandy hit the East Coast in October 2012 it caused 71 billion…