Federal clawback of money from Sandy survivors halted indefinitely | NJ Spotlight News | January 23, 2023
BRIANA VANNOZZI, ANCHOR
Interview: Jody Stewart, community organizer of New Jersey Organizing Project
For thousands of Superstorm Sandy survivors in New Jersey, recovery has been a slow and sometimes painful process. One of the biggest sources of stress for many has been efforts by the federal government to claw back money from storm victims in cases where the government says too much aid was disbursed by mistake.
Groups like the New Jersey Organizing Project have spent years lobbying officials to put an end to the practice. They got a victory recently when the deadline for clawback payments to be made was extended indefinitely as part of the federal spending package. Jody Stewart, an organizer with the group, explains why the change matters to victims, and what hurdles to recovery still remain.